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We All Play kimêtawânaw | Cree Bilingual Book About Our Connections to Nature

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 We All Play is a beautiful ode to the animals and humans we share our world with, the bilingual book We All Play by Julie Flett belongs on every bookshelf. The diversity and interconnectedness of nature is shown through an indigenous Cree perspective, complete with a glossary of Cree words for wild animals at the back of the book.

Readers will encounter birds who chase and chirp, bears who wiggle and wobble, whales who swim and squirt, owls who peek and peep, and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting, “We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna.” 

The Cree word for each animal in the book is listed in the back matter, and the refrain throughout the book, "Me too!" is given in English and Cree.

The animals featured include a rabbit, fox, turtle, beluga, seal, goose, bear, bat, wolf, bobcat, snake, and buffalo.


  • Kirkus Best of 2021 Picture Books
  • New York Times 25 Best Children’s Books of 2021
  • New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year 2021
  • Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year 2021
  • New York Public Library Best Children’s Book of the Year 2021
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year 2021
  • Globe and Mail Best Children’s Book of the Year 2021
  • Horn Book Best Children’s Book of the Year 2021
  • Boston Globe Best Children’s Book of the Year 2021
  • A 2022 Best Book for Babies



  • We All Play
  • Written and illustrated by Julie Fletcher.
  • Published by Greystone Kids, May 25, 2021.
  • Bilingual text: Cree and English
  • Ages 4 to 7 years
  • 0.6" H x 9.1" L x 9.1" W (0.84 lbs) 48 pages
  • Hardcover