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Âmî Osâwâpikones (Dear Dandelion)

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.2.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reading Level: Lexile AD790L
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773217406, 40 pages, May 2023 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773217437, May 2023


A debut picture book that celebrates self-love, care, and resilience with one of the most widespread plants—the dandelion.

Both a love letter to the dandelion and a call to love ourselves in a difficult world, Âmî Osâwâpikones reminds us that we are not defined as others see us. Following our young protagonist and the dandelions through the seasons, we are reminded that we are resilient, we are healers, we are funny, and we are loved.


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2023
  • Commended, Best Bets, OLA 2023


"SJ combines her gifts as both author and illustrator in this beautiful and endearing book that both children and adults will adore." —Monique Gray Smith, author of My Heart Fills With Happiness and adapter of Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults

"Lovely . . . a gentle and meditative story with a beautiful message." —Julie Flett, author of Birdsong and We All Play

“A playful, lyrical, and persuasive love letter to a dandelion . . . This tribute to a precious flowering plant will capture readers’ hearts.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 03/29/23