A Day with Yayah

A Day with Yayah

by Nicola Campbell
  • family-and-friendship
  • fiction
  • from-british-columbia
  • indigenous
A First Nations family goes out to forage for edibles in the woods. Grandmother passes down her knowledge of plant life. This picture book is set in the Nicola Valley, British Columbia.


Nicola Campbell, author

First Nations author, Nicola Campbell, currently lives in British Columbia. Her books have won many awards, including the TD, the Marilyn Baillie and the Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year awards.

Julie Flett, illustrator

Of Cree-Métis heritage, Julie Flett has won many awards including the Governor General's Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the American Indian Literature Award and the BC Book Prize. She lives in Vancouver, BC.


  • "Yayah, what are they called in our language?” asks the children on the first page of "A Day with Yayah", pointing to trees and plants while on a family gathering excursion. This radiant picture book, from Nicola I. Campbell and Julie Flett, is a story of Indigenous language reclamation. There’s also an emphasis on how the characters connect to the healing power of the earth, the wisdom of their elders, and pride in their heritage to guide them. - Quill & Quire Link to review
  • Campbell’s (Interior Salish/Métis) quiet story weaves botanical facts with respect for the natural world, naming the plants in the Nle'kepmxcin language. Flett’s (Cree/Métis) colorful, calming illustrations blend very well with the tone of the text, often gracefully incorporating the pulled-out Nle'kepmxcin in display type. The flowers pop against the dark green grass, the relative smallness of the human figures in the landscape emphasizing their relationship with nature. - Kirkus Reviews Link to review
  • Like many Indigenous languages, Nle'kepmxcin is considered critically endangered. As such, First Nations author Nicola Campbell pulls double duty with this book, which functions as both story and bilingual dictionary. A group of children join their Yayah (an anglicization of the word yéye, or grandmother) to forage for mushrooms in British Columbia's Nicola Valley. - The Globe and Mail Link to review


  • Shortlisted, BC Book Prize

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Tradewind Books

email: tradewindbooks@gmail.com

website: http://tradewindbooks.com/

rights sold: USA

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 6 - 9

number of pages: 32

publication date: 12/07/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book