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My Heart Fills With Happiness

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,141 ratings  ·  199 reviews
The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

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Board Book, 24 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Orca Book Publishers
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Prabhjot Kaur
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
My heart fills with happiness is an endearing read. It is full of simple yet lovely text with beautiful illustrations. The illustrations celebrate Indigenous people and their culture and the text gives examples of different things that kids can relate to.

My heart fills with happiness when I read.
What fills YOUR heart with happiness?

4 stars

Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: september-2020
I didn't know this was an indigenous picture book but it was super cute. ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Heart Fills With Happiness is a warm and cozy board book that evokes happy memories and encourages the readers to appreciate the little joys in life, such as “see[ing] the face” or “hold[ing] the hand of someone [you] love,” “feel[ing] the sun dancing on [your] cheeks,” or “walk[ing] barefoot on the grass.”

Julie Flett’s signature bold illustrations, which depict loving Native American families, are cheerful and comforting, further filling the readers’ hearts with warm feelings:

However, I had
La Coccinelle
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is the second picture book I've read by this author, the first being You Hold Me Up, which I didn't really like much. I think the pictures in this one were a lot better, helping to illustrate the tender moments in the book. There's really no story, just a collection of happy thoughts. It reads almost like a child's gratitude journal.

There's not much in the way of text (so read-out-loud storytime will be very short), but the pictures are nice to look at and illustrate some cultural tradition
Literary Redhead
Oh how I ❤️ MY HEART FILLS WITH HAPPINESS! The illustrations are exquisite, the text so sweet, and I found my whole being filling with peace. A wonderful book to read aloud to young children. Will bring a smile to all! 5/5

Thanks to Orca Book Publishers and NetGalley for the review copy, in exchange for my honest opinions.

#NiSâkaskinehMîyawâtenNitehOhcih #NetGalley
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: board-books
That cover art filled me with happiness and the rest of the book is just as sweet and endearing. I love that the illustrations beautifully depict a modern Native American family but the words will resonate with almost everyone showing how universal are many of these feelings of happiness. I think it is only the line "I smell bannock baking in the oven" that may not be familiar to many children (but, of course, one can easily relate to the smell of something delicious cooking) and most of the exp ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Julie Flett Fans / Readers Looking for Board Books with First Nations Content
"My heart fills with happiness when... I see the face of someone I love." So begins the simple narrative of this sweet board-book celebration of happiness, and the things in a child's life that foster it. From the smell of bannock baking in the oven to the feeling of the sun on one's cheeks, from dancing to drumming, the experiences which produce happiness are those which connect us to the world around us, and to the people closest to us...

My Heart Fills With Happiness is the first book I have p
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous. Sure to be effective. (Assuming I didn't read a defective copy or the board book is different) I appreciate the repetition of the penultimate page, in which the reader is asked to check in with her own heart. The words are almost unnecessary, as the pictures are so graceful and warm. I love that it depicts Native families but is universal in appeal. Highly recommended to families with tots, to shelters and counselors, to everyone. ...more
Jillian Heise
A beautiful book, filled with lovely illustrations of an Indigenous family, celebrating the simple things in life/their culture that fills their hearts with happiness. Even though it's a board book, I would share this one far and wide in classrooms of all ages. It would be a fantastic mentor text for students to create their own versions, and provides a way to see First Nations peoples as contemporary and honors their culture. Themes about appreciating the small moments in your life and the peop ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-voices-e
read this at the end of all ages storytime. it was surprisingly interactive (like without me having to prompt the preschool-plus crowd much; at the "holding the hand of someone i love" part, one of the little girls said she was holding her own hand because she loved herself yes I cried lol) and we made mini murals to answer the question of "what fills your heart with happiness?" i think next time i might explore flett's style by doing a texture art kinda thing. anyway all this to say (for my own ...more
Plains Cree and English grace the pages of this lovely book! Love JULIE FLETT illustrations.
kate ♥
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing

➵ my two-year-old sis also loved it :D
on my board book wish list!
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This gorgeous board book looks at the various things in a little girl's life that make her happy. From smelling bannock in the oven to singing and dancing. The book also includes lots of being outdoors, such as walking in the grass barefoot and feeling the sun on your face. Though the experiences are universal, the book focuses on a Native American little girl and her family. The illustrations are simply superb. They exude a gentleness and depict a loving family experiencing happy moments togeth ...more
Ames Public Library Youth Services
This Canadian import is definitely one of the best board books I've read so far this year.

It's both simple and meaningful, as it walks through what makes a young child happy, from smelling something yummy in the oven all the way to drumming.

Flett's illustrations are simple, but full of joy and movement. The colors are bright and wonderful. All the adults and children in the book are First Nations as are the author and illustrator.

Read this book with a child that you love and both of your hearts
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
absolutely beautiful and charming little board book about knowing what makes you happy (and appreciating it). The pictures are already charming, but then I realized that they were all representing native children of the American Northwest, and that made me happy. a beautiful way to ensure your children are seeing a diverse representation of people in their books, without it being an issues book. Highly recommended to those reading to children in this reading age group.
This is a beautiful book filled with many moments of joy. It would be a perfect way to have a conversation about the things that make us happy or the things we are thankful for in our lives. Otherwise, it's simply a warm book to share with children. ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Julie Flett is a Cree Metis Canadian author and illustrator. Monique Gray Smith writes the graceful text here. But it's Flett's images of a Native family and culture that steal the show. A wonderful book to read and sign with young children. Perfect happiness. ...more
My heart is full of happiness! LOVE!
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Similar in tone as Richard Van Camp's Little You (also illustrated by Julie Flett), this is a sweet message book depicting Indigenous children and families. ...more
Alyx Campbell
I loved this one - I thought it was so sweet and beautifully illustrated.

Age: Baby, toddler
ECRR: Vocabulary
Mar 29, 2016 added it
Shelves: 2016, picture-books
I want that cover on a print on my wall real bad.
Bare feet in grass and hand holding forever.
What on Earth is bannock? Could she have just written bread instead? Everyone eats bread.
Mrs. Salas
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story to share with students. This would lend to a fun prompt for younger students.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A beautiful board book from a Native American author about family and happiness.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful short read for children. Gorgeous and moving illustrations and lovely words to accompany about happiness and joy.
Another wholesome picture book that made me filled with happiness!
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quiet book with First People representation. My daughter likes it (15m).
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet celebration of the many things that make us happy and bring us joy. The book emphasizes shared familial activities and experiences.
Amy Layton
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This is such a sweet board book, and it's even illustrated by one of my favorite illustrators!!  This is a great book for children to have, and I'd argue that adults should have it as well.  It serves as a reminder of all the things that bring a smile to your face, and reasons to keep that smile there!

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