Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids

Cover art by Nicole Neidhardt; cover design by Molly Fehr

ANCESTOR APPROVED: INTERTRIBAL STORIES FOR KIDS, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Heartdrum, 2021).

A collection of intersecting stories set at a powwow that bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

In a high school gym full of color and song, Native families from Nations within the borders of the U.S. and Canada dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. They are the heroes of their own stories.

Featured contributors: Joseph Bruchac, Art Coulson, Christine Day, Eric Gansworth, Dawn Quigley, Carole Lindstrom, Rebecca Roanhorse, David A. Robertson, Andrea L. Rogers, Kim Rogers, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Monique Gray Smith, Traci Sorell, Tim Tingle, Erika T. Wurth, and Brian Young.

Order ANCESTOR APPROVED: INTERTRIBAL STORIES FOR KIDS, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith. A portion of the royalties will be donated to the Native Fund at We Need Diverse Books.

Cover Thoughts

Cover Reveal: ANCESTOR APPROVED by Cynthia Leitich Smith from We Need Diverse Books. PEEK: “The story behind Ancestor Approved is truly one of community and collaboration, much like the intertribal powwow reflected in the book…Nicole Niedhardt’s gorgeous, dynamic cover draws its inspiration from Jessie, the protagonist of Kim Rogers’s short story, ‘Flying Together.'”

Author Insights

Feb. 2021| 9780062869944/0062869949 | Heartdrum | Hardcover | MG Anthology | 272 Pages | Ages 8-up