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My Little Ogichidaa

An Indigenous Lullaby

by (author) Willie Poll

illustrated by Hawlii Pichette

Medicine Wheel Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2024
Native Canadian, New Baby, Diversity & Multicultural
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2024
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My Little Ogichidaa is inspired by Indigenous motherhood. It invites readers to explore the compelling dreams and hopes of an Indigenous parent for her soon-to-be-born warrior. The word Ogichidaa itself means warrior in Anishinaabemowin, and this beautifully illustrated book is a tribute to Indigenous families everywhere who are proudly raising their children to carry forward their culture, language, and love with resilience, strength, and kindness. This story is proof that despite colonization, our world is full of Indigenous art, beauty, love, and brilliance. Through the eyes of a mother, readers gain insight into the profound bonds of family and community that are central to Indigenous life. This heartwarming and empowering story is a celebration of Indigenous love and the powerful legacy that it creates.

About the authors

Willie Poll is a proud Metis author from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, who who has spent the last ten years working in Indigenous education. She is very passionate about supporting Indigenous youth to reach their dreams and reclaim their power. Together We Drum, Our Hearts Beat as One is her first book.

Willie Poll's profile page

HAWLII PICHETTE, une artiste et une illustratrice urbaine de la communauté Mushkego Cree (Traité n° 9), vient d’une famille multiethnique. Née et élevée dans la petite communauté de Cochrane, en Ontario, elle est profondément influencée par sa culture, son éducation et le monde naturel. Elle vit à London, en Ontario.


HAWLII PICHETTE is a Mushkego Cree (Treaty 9) urban mixed-blood artist and illustrator. Born and raised in the small community of Cochrane, Ontario, she is deeply influenced by her culture, her upbringing and the natural world. She lives in London, Ontario.

Hawlii Pichette's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"An Indigenous mother walks through the woods reciting an anthem of strength, power, and social change to her unborn child. The lyrical text is reinforced by illustrations in richly hued colors. The empowering narrative and stunning artwork combine for a lovely tribute to a future child...this is a recommended first purchase." - School Library Journal Starred Review
"...beautifully surreal. [An] inspiring picture book celebrating Indigenous children, families, and culture." - Publishers Weekly BookLife Review
"...lovely, lyrical picture book... a love letter to the next generation. The colorful, vivid illustrations depict the beauty and wonder of childbirth... Whether readers are Indigenous themselves or not, this book is a celebration of human life and the resilience that can be found in even the most challenging of situations. Beautiful and heartfelt, this is a lovely addition to a family's home library." -- Children's Literature, A CLCD Company
"Willie Poll’s My Little Ogichidaa is a celebration of matriarchs past, present, and future." -- Quill & Quire

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