International Rights

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Buffy Sainte-Marie

By: Elizabeth MacLeod
Illustrated by: Mike Deas
  • ISBN 9781443196123, Paperback
  • 32 Pages | Ages 6 - 10

Meet Buffy Sainte-Marie, teacher, activist and music legend!

At the age of three, Buffy Sainte-Marie taught herself to play the piano. But her path to success was anything but easy. Adopted out of her Nêhiyawê (Cree) community as a baby, she grew up finding comfort in nature and self-expression in music. Buffy was determined to connect to her roots and share the power and the beauty of her heritage with the world.

As a musician, Buffy’s songs have inspired three generations of fans, garnering international acclaim and many awards. She’s a peace activist, an advocate for Indigenous-focused education and a tireless supporter of Indigenous rights. After an incredible career lasting more than 60 years, Buffy’s music and message are as uplifting and important today as they ever were.

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French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie is a musical powerhouse at the height of her popularity and is internationally recognized for her music and her activism.
  • Award-winning series and format! Simple but compelling text is brought to life by relatable illustrations and speech bubbles.
  • Back matter includes timeline and historic photos.


  • Short-listed, OLA Yellow Cedar Award, Non-Fiction, 2024
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2023