With Our Orange Hearts

A YA nonfiction book by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Emily Kewageshig.

Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Emily Kewageshig 

With Our Orange Hearts book cover

"Every child matters, including you and me. With our orange hearts, we walk in harmony." As a young child, your little world can be full of big emotions. In this book, I, Phyllis Webstad, founder of Orange Shirt Day, show that sharing my story with the world helped me to process my feelings. My true orange shirt story encourages young children to open their hearts and listen as others share their feelings, and to be more comfortable sharing their own feelings too. Listening is a first step towards reconciliation. It's never too early to start. (From Medicine Wheel Publishing)

Interviews with Phyllis Webstad

Phyllis Webstad is the founder of Orange Shirt Day, a day that honours Indigenous children who endured the horrors of residential schools. Her picture book, Phyllis's Orange Shirt, tells the story of her first day at residential school.

More about Orange Shirt Day

Orange shirt day remembers impact of residential schools

6 years ago
Duration 1:28
A ceremony was held at Edmonton's city hall on Friday to raise awareness of residential schools and to continue the reconciliation process.

Other books by Phyllis Webstad 

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now