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Stand Like a Cedar

By Nicola I. Campbell
Illustrated by Carrielynn Victor
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, General, Environment, Camping & Outdoor Activities
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Spirituality and Ceremony, Worldviews, Teachings, and Protocols, Contemporary Setting, Diverse and Inclusive Representation, Identity, Land-Based or Place-Based Learning, Social Emotional Learning, Respect, STEM, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Seasonal Cycles
Cultures & Peoples: Salish, Nle?kepmx, Stó, Syílx
Indigenous Languages: Salish, Halq’emeylem, Nle?kepmxcín, Words or Phrases

Interest Age: 3–5
Grade: p–k
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell P, Lexile® Framework for Reading: AD660L
Hardcover : 9781553799214, 40 pages, February 2021
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553799221, 40 pages, March 2021
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799238, 40 pages, March 2021

From the author of Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe comes this all-new celebration of Indigenous languages, the West Coast landscape, and deep connection to the land.


When you go for a walk in nature, who do you see? What do you hear?

Award-winning storyteller Nicola I. Campbell shows what it means to “stand like a cedar” on this beautiful journey of discovery through the wilderness. Learn the names of animals in the Nłeʔkepmxcín or Halq’emeylem languages as well as the teachings they have for us. Experience a celebration of sustainability and connection to the land through lyrical storytelling and Carrielynn Victor’s breathtaking art in this children’s illustrated book.

Discover new sights and sounds with every read. A glossary and pronunciation guide can be found at the back of the book.


  • Nominated, Surrey School District’s Narrative Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2022


Campbell's rhythmic writing is wonderful, conveying important messages about the environment and family. Victor's vibrant renderings accompany the engaging text nicely. Bold illustrations portray elements such as weather, nature, and animals alongside evocative details like glowing skylines.

Kirkus Reviews

[An] evocative book that poetically explores how important it is for us to see ourselves as part of the land. Victor’s illustrations bring that world to life.

The Globe and Mail

Among Indigo's Best Kids' Books of 2021


Paired with illustrations by Carrielynn Victor, Stand Like a Cedar shines brightly, in both its text and artwork.

Quill & Quire

Nicola Campbell offers a poetic song about excursions into the wild throughout the seasons. Abundance, respect, gratitude and intergenerational closeness suffuse Campbell’s poem. Carrielynn Victor’s illustrations reflect a lovely diaphanous beauty.

Toronto Star

Exquisitely illustrated picture book. ..a tender evocation of the joys of nature and family, [and] a celebration of Indigenous language. Highly recommended.

Calgary Herald

Among Top Recommended Reads for TD Summer Reading Club

TD Summer Reading Club