Native Voices: Author Dawn Quigley on Humor, Chapter Books & Decolonizing Grading

By Kim Rogers

Today, we are thrilled to have Dawn Quigley join us on Cynsations. Dawn is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, ND and the author of the hilarious chapter book series published with Heartdrum/HarperCollins (May 11, 2021). The first book in the series is Jo Jo Makoons: The Used to Be Best Friend. She is also on faculty for the upcoming We Need Diverse Books Online Children’s and YA Native Writing Intensive.

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Authors Interview: Cynthia Leitich Smith & Kim Rogers on Ancestor Approved

By Cynthia Leitich Smith and Kim Rogers

Cynsations Native Books Reporter Kim Rogers’s poem, “What is a Powwow?” and her short story, “Flying Together,” appear in Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Heartdrum, 2021). The anthology is a collection of intersecting stories and poems set at a powwow that bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community,

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Cynsational Return: Happy New Year 2021!

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Happy New Year and welcome back to Cynsations!

We love bringing you upbeat and useful information and inspiration about the children’s-YA literature community, writing, illustration, and publishing. And we are particularly excited about what we have lined up for you in the coming months.

As always, we will highlight new voices in picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA,

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Native Voice: David Heska Wanbli Weiden on Writing Inclusive Books For Kids

By Kim Rogers

Today, I’m happy to welcome David Heska Wanbli Weiden to Cynsations.

David is the author of Spotted Tail, illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk and Pat Kinsella (Reycraft Books, 2019), a middle grade biography which traces the life of his tribe’s famous Lakota leader.

David, your book has received many accolades. Congrats on winning a Spur Award for the Best Juvenile Nonfiction book in 2019 from the Western Writers of America,

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