Cynthia’s Articles & Videos

Cynthia’s Articles & Videos

The Authorial Voice in Today’s Discourse: The Page, Podium, Platform, Persona (And Nurturing Your Writer’s Heart) by VCFA WCYA inaugural Katherine Paterson chair, Cynthia Leitich Smith, May 1, 2022.

By Cynthia

Cynthia Leitich Smith’s “Reservation Dogs” Read-Alikes from School Library Journal. PEEK: “The recent TV series finale of “Reservation Dogs” closes three award-winning seasons of authentic,

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About Cynthia Leitich Smith

About Cynthia Leitich Smith

Mvto for visiting my author site! I’m grateful for your enthusiasm and support. I’ve been publishing books, short stories, essays, and poetry for young readers since 2000, and it’s an honor to craft stories for such an important audience. As of 2023, you can find 18 of my books in bookstores and libraries, and I have seven more in various stages of production.

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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)
  • 2001 Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Writer of the Year


  • 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).


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).


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

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