Rock Your Mocs

HarperColllins/Heartdrum. Oct. 2023. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063099890.
PreS-Gr 2–Goodluck and Goodnight highlight a First Nation tradition through their words and whimsical illustrations: “We Rock our Mocs with pride! Kyah strikes a pose in her Yurok mocs. Taktuk, who is Inupiaq, slips on his kamipiak, then gives his dad a high five.” Beginning on every November 15th, Rock Your Mocs day is celebrated for a week during Native American Heritage month. Young and old, members of the Indigenous Nations wear moccasins to represent their tribes as well as arts, traditions, and personal style. During this time, the heritage behind the designs on moccasins are shared and celebrated. Goodnight creates relatable school scenes, gatherings of all kinds of children wearing mocs, and shows the versatility, beauty, and care that goes into each pair. Back matter includes a note from Heartdrum founder Cynthia Leitich Smith, plus further notes on the celebration and on the lives of Indigenous children.
VERDICT Recommended for cultural studies of the First Nations, especially for those interested in incorporating art, history, and modern life in an always respectful but dazzling display of mocs! A good choice for all picture book shelves.

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