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We all love to play! In this sweetly simple and gorgeously illustrated picture book, Julie Flett offers a joyful romp through nature with an abundance of wild animals: birds who chase and chirp, whales who swim and squirt, and other familiar creatures. Throughout the book, children of varying ages delight in the same sorts of play too. We All Play celebrates the interconnectedness of nature and the delights of playing—and includes Cree names for each animal at the end.


  • Winner, Bull-Bransom Illustration Award 2021


A Best Children's Book of 2021—New York Times, Washington Post, New York Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, Globe and Mail, Horn Book, and Boston Globe


A 2022 Best Book for Babies
"Stunning artwork shows animals and children at play in a picture book that can be enjoyed by babies and will remain engaging as children grow."



A Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice for 2022—Picture Books for Younger Children
“Rhythmic alliterative word-pairs describing animals’ play are followed by the children’s univocal refrain celebrating our interconnectedness: ‘We play too!’”
New York Times
“Everyone loves to play! Award-winning author/illustrator Flett shares the joyful antics of young animals as they romp in much the same way as human children… This celebration of nature is sprinkled with words from the Cree language… [and] celebrate[s] our interconnection with the creatures who share our world.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
“Cree-Métis artist Flett starts with quiet, elegant portraits of animals….In spare compositions, [she] aptly underlines [the kinship between animals and people] by showing animals and humans embracing play in similar ways.”
Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“Lively and beautiful illustrated.”
Horn Book, STARRED review
“Cree words are coupled with their English translations in this sweeping picture book that celebrates animals and nature. Kids will see themselves in the different scenes of play.”
—New York Public Library
“Delightful….a great bedtime story…..Add to any library collection and pair it with Julie Flett’s Birdsong.”
School Library Journal, STARRED review
“A beautifully illustrated book that introduces a series of young animals at play, then relates their activities to those of children … affirming our oneness with nature.”
“The bold and simple illustrations and short but dynamic text make this a fantastic book for very young readers.”
“Stunning illustrations, fun alliteration, a fantastic vocabulary, and shout-it-out repetition make this a favorite… The images are soft, warm, and full of exuberant movement.”
Christian Science Monitor
“We adore this title as an addition to our kindergarten books that celebrate the magic of play. Written in both English and Cree, we love using this title to celebrate native languages and connections to nature, too.”
We Are Teachers
“This jubilant picture book uses gamboling animals and kids to illustrate the Cree concept of wâhkôhtowin, or the kinship among living things.”
Shelf Awareness
“This simple, lilting story is perfect for showing babies, toddlers, and early readers the joyful interconnections between animals and humans.”
—Seattle Public Library
“Take up this title’s invitation to head outdoors, romping and reveling in the communal playground of our natural world.”
Classroom Bookshelf
“A delightful book that explores the frolicking nature of animals and people, alike. With a soft color palette, the illustrations complement the rhythm of the book. Author Julie Flett interlinks Cree and English introducing readers to a North American Indigenous population.”
We All Play is a beautiful example that celebrates nature and animals ...This story is just the most recent classic that Flett has created.”
The Tiny Activist
“Perfect for the very young children at whom it’s aimed, and bold, uncluttered images to draw their eye. It’s spectacular in its seeming simplicity.”
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
“Exquisitely illustrated (as all of Julie Flett's work is), connective, gentle, playful. A refreshing, calm breath that connects kids to themselves, each other, and the natural world, all through play.”
This Picture Book Life
“Kids will love the beautiful illustrations of the different animals portrayed on simple white backgrounds, and the pictures of the children may inspire them to get up and move like the animals.”
A Kids Book a Day
“Any time Flett (Cree-Métis) puts out a new book, take note! This picture book is a good read-aloud for toddlers up to primary grade children.”
—Association of Library Services for Children
“Wonderful…a beautiful ode to the animals and humans we share our world with, We All Play belongs on every bookshelf.”
Here Wee Read