A graphic anthology that includes 150 years of Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective; a collection of poems by Native women focusing on gratitude; and a story about a Cherokee middle-schooler’s enlightening road trip. All of these are books on the American Indians in Children’s Literature “Best of 2019” list. We’ll talk with Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo) about her favorite books by Native authors for young people that she curled up with this year. We’ll also check in with Indigenous librarian, Catherine Baty (Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians), about her favorite Native books she read this year. And author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Nation) introduces us to “Heartdrum,” a Native-focused imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo) – founder of American Indians in Children’s Literature blog
Catherine Baty (Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians) – Indigenous librarian
Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Nation) – children’s and young adult author and writing teacher
Break 1 music: The First Snowfall (World) (song) R. Carlos Nakai (artist) Winter Dreams for Christmas
Break 2 music: Winter Wonderland (song) Sihasin (artist) Punk Rock Christmas (album)