Writing Life

Writing Life

(Or… Why’d You Go to Law School Anyway?)

It’s not a bad question.

I’ve wondered once or twice myself.

After all, the experience did result in a decent amount of stress, lost sleep, and about seventy thousand dollars in student debt (though I did meet some of my best friends and learned I could compete academically on a national level).

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Book Awards & Honors

Book Awards & Honors

for Cynthia Leitich Smith

  • 2021 Neustadt NSK Laureate (Winner of the NSK Prize for Children’s Literature)
  • Austin chapter of SCBWI instituted the Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award (2014)
  • Spirit of Texas YA Author, chosen by the Texas Library Association (2012, 2013)
  • Illumine Award Author, chosen by the Friends of the Austin Public Library (2013)

for JINGLE DANCER

  • Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and a Selector’s Choice for 2001
  • Named to the 2001 2 x 2 Reading List of twenty books recommended for children ages two through second grade by the Texas Library Association
  • Finalist,

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Teacher Guides for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Books

Teacher Guides for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Books

Reading Group Guide for Blessed

BLESSED (Candlewick, 2011).

About BLESSED

Reading Group Guide: Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith: features introduction; excerpt; discussion questions; author biography; author interview; and acclaim. Quick-print format.

Reading Group Guide for Eternal

ETERNAL (Candlewick, 2008, 2010).

About ETERNAL

Reading Group Guide: Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith: features introduction;

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