I Wish You Were Here - Hardcover Children's Book

Recommended for grades 3-7.


Dear Jean, I had a substitute teacher recently. He stood up for a girl wearing a cedar hat when she was told to take it off by the vice-principal…

Even though Jean and Michael come from different cultural backgrounds and live far apart, they are best friends. To keep in touch, they write letters. Read their letters to discover what Jean and Michael do when they see and experience racial prejudice in their communities.

I Wish You Were Here is based on the authors' childhood experiences as pen pals in Haida Gwaii and Terrace in northern British Columbia. The book explores themes of friendship, culture, family, and community. It also addresses some tough issues, such as racism and intolerance, and explores ways to respond proactively. Included are resources and discussion questions to encourage further learning and reflection.


Written by teacher, Erica Jean Reid Gidin Jaad from the Haida & Tsimshian (Ts'msysen) Nations and illustrated by teacher & artist, James Michael Reid. 


“This lovely book explores healthy strategies for addressing racism and discrimination, including ceremonies, art, and inter-cultural allies. It is necessary reading for fostering the reconciliation and Indigenous resurgence that is imperative for our collective growth and enlightenment.”– Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, musician, author, activist, artist, and lawyer

“This book helps us to empower our children and each other in the important work of recognizing, talking about, and working through acts of racism.”– Severn Cullis-Suzuki, lifelong activist for intergenerational justice

Dimensions: ‎32 Pages, 6.5" x 9.5", Hardcover