cover I Am Not a Number


Best-Selling Non-Fiction Children’s Picture Book

When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nation’s family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite the efforts of the nuns to force her to do otherwise. When she goes home for summer holidays, her parents decide never to send her away again, but where will she hide and what will happen when her parents disobey the law? (Available in English, French, and dual language in Nishnaabemwin (Ojibway) Nbisiing dialect and English).


Books can be ordered from your favourite bookstore and online from, and Indigo.

The dual-language edition available in Nishnaabemwin (Ojibway) and English can be ordered from your favourite bookstore and online from Second Story Press and Indigo.


  • 2018 Red Cedar Award for Information Book Winner – British Columbia’s Young Readers’ Choice Award
  • 2018 Hackmatack Award Winner – Atlantic Children’s Choice Book Award

  • 2017 Diamond Willow Award Winner – Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award (SYRCA)

  • 2016 Selection American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Books of the Year

  • 2018 Silver Birch Express Award Finalist – Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading

  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award Finalist – Alberta’s Children’s Choice Book Award

  • 2017 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist – TD Canadian Children’s Book Awards

  • 2017 Information Book Award Finalist – Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada

  • 2017 Selection Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year

  • 2016 Selection The Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets – Junior Nonfiction

  • Selected by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2017 Notable Children’s Books – Middle Readers

  • Selected by the Co-operative Children’s Book Centre CCBC Choices 2017