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Children's Fiction Native American

Still This Love Goes On

by (author) Buffy Sainte-Marie

illustrated by Julie Flett

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Native American, Values & Virtues, Music, Native Canadian
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


A New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2022!

NAMED A BEST PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR: Kirkus Reviews, Globe and Mail, and Chicago Public Library

"A love letter to family, home, and Indigenous traditions. . . This story reminds readers of the joy we experience upon returning to those whom we love and who love us."—Kirkus STARRED Review

From Cree-Métis artist Julie Flett and Academy Award-winning icon Buffy Sainte-Marie comes a celebration of Indigenous community, and the enduring love we hold for the people and places we are far away from.

Based on Sainte-Marie’s song of the same name, Still This Love Goes On combines Flett's breathtaking art with vivid lyrics to craft a stunning portrait of a Cree worldview. At the heart of this picture book is a gentle message about missing our loved ones, and the promise of seeing each other again.

This gem of a picture book features:

  • Sheet music of Buffy Sainte-Marie's beloved song
  • Notes from Sainte-Marie and Flett about their inspiration for the song and illustrations

Brimming with love for community and the land, Still This Love Goes On is destined to be read and sung for generations.

About the authors

Buffy Sainte-Marie, a Native Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist, was born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu'Appele Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada. She holds degrees in teaching and Oriental philosophy, and graduated in the top ten of her class. Throughout her varied career she has focused on love, war, religion, people's rights and mysticism.

Buffy Sainte-Marie's profile page

Julie Flett is an award-winning Cree-Metis author, illustrator and artist. She has received many awards, including the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award for Best Picture Book for Little You, written by Richard Van Camp (Orca Books), and the Canadian Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award in 2015 for Dolphins SOS, written by Roy Miki (Tradewind Books) and in 2017 for My Heart Fills with Happiness, written by Monique Gray Smith (Orca Books), and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif). Her own Wild Berries (Simply Read Books) was chosen as Canada’s First Nation Communities Read title selection for 2014-2015.


Julie Flett's profile page


  • Winner, 2023 Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Winner, A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

Editorial Reviews

"Flett brilliantly brings this classic song by Buffy Sainte-Marie to life in a picture book that celebrates both the Cree worldview and the ties that bind us to the people and places most important to us."
—Jeffrey Canton, The Globe & Mail

"Flett’s signature style—with its nature-evoking colors, simple, sweeping lines, and expansive composition….suggests movement into limitless space and time…. Gorgeous."
Horn Book STARRED ★Review

"This ode to Indigenous culture and the deeply rooted experience of reservation life speaks to the experience of holding a place dear throughout life's seasons…..hinting at a love for and connection to home that "goes on and on"….Encourages readers to think about the people and places you love most in your own life."
Publishers Weekly STARRED ★ Review

“Perfect for bedtime reading... [An] excellent option... for parents looking for something to read with their young children, and especially those looking for books by Indigenous authors.”
—Quill & Quire

"A love letter to family, home, and Indigenous traditions."
—Kirkus STARRED Review

“A heartfelt ode to finding meaning in traditions and the ways love and memories can endure.”
Booklist Review

“Highly recommended. If Still This Love Goes On is not on your must-buy list yet, put it there right now. Better yet, order it, right now! …A magnificent gift to us all."
American Indians in Children’s Literature

“Beautiful…celebrates familial love and nature….gorgeous and joyous….would make a lovely gift to a new parent.”
—Book Riot



Praise for We All Play written and illustrated by Julie Flett
"The Cree-Métis Flett pairs rhythmic alliterative verse about animals at play with repeating silhouettes of frolicking children to celebrate our interconnectedness."
The New York Times

“Lively and beautifully illustrated.”

“Cree-Métis artist Flett starts with quiet, elegant portraits of animals….In spare compositions, [she] aptly underlines [the kinship between animals and people] by showing animals and humans embracing play in similar ways.”
Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

“Everyone loves to play! Award-winning author/illustrator Flett shares the joyful antics of young animals as they romp in much the same way as human children. Simple text and bold, graphic illustrations celebrate our interconnection with the creatures who share our world.”
Kirkus STARRED Review


Praise for Birdsong written and illustrated by Julie Flett


“Flett's simple story explores the difficulties of moving but also shows young readers how new friends can sometimes ease them; that this friendship is an intergenerational one between fellow artists is an especially sweet touch … Emotionally stunning.”
Kirkus STARRED Review

"Simple and profound, this tender story is a reminder that finding a new friend can make a new place feel like home. Highly recommended for purchase."
School Library Journal STARRED Review

"Flett’s subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons. Cree-Métis words (defined in a small glossary) add an intimate layer of identity to the child’s lustrous narration, which shines against the spare beauty of rich illustrations by Flett (who is Cree-Métis)"
Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

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