Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

“Both an urgent, essential call to action and an uplifting love letter.” –starred, Kirkus Reviews

Interest Level: Grades 7-12 | Reading Level: Grade 8 | Available November 1

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Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults New York Public Library Event

Free Virtual Event


Stay tuned for the video from our virtual launch event with the New York Public Library: Angeline Boulley in conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Nicole Neidhardt and Monique Gray Smith, creators of Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults.



Praise for Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults

★ “Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults is my new favorite book! What a great way for young people (and anyone, really) to learn about our healing medicines. Chii miigwech!”—Angeline Boulley, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter

★ “This beautiful, imaginative revisioning is a gift to our children that teaches them how to follow the path of our ancestors.”—Diane Wilson, author of The Seed Keeper

★ “Gray Smith’s adaptation makes this visionary exploration of Indigenous connections to the land, to plants and to storytelling and story-making accessible to a whole new readership and hopefully will inspire young people to rise to the challenges of the Climate Crisis." –Jeffrey Canton, Children’s Book Columnist, The Globe and Mail

★ “Readers will feel as if they are in conversation with a caring, respected expert guide who offers a hopeful, nourishing vision. Both an urgent, essential call to action and an uplifting love letter.” –starred, Kirkus Reviews

★ “What a gift this adaptation is for all of us! Monique Gray Smith and Nicole Neidhardt have crafted a beautiful book─inviting reflection, conversation and activism that I hope young people will read and share in homes, communities, classrooms and libraries across the globe.”—Traci Sorell, two-time Sibert Honor winning author

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Watch Monique, Robin, and Nicole talk about the process of creating Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults


Updated October 2022