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21st Century Storytelling: More W.A.R. Nominees for Person of the Year


“Throughout my life I have seen that fiction is a far better way of building understanding than statistics. Only fiction can bring you fully into someone’s world, can let you see through a different pair of eyes. And I wanted readers to see through this narrator, not to feel sorry for him, and not even […]

Writers Against Racism: JINGLE DANCER by Cynthia Leitich Smith


My 2-year old niece is with me today and she grabbed this book, JINGLE DANCER, by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Morrow Junior Books/Harper Collins, NY 2000) and said, ” Aunty, TEACH ME! TEACH ME!”  And this fall, you’ll want to teach your students how to get their ‘jingle’ dance on from this contemporary Native American children’s story. “As Moon […]

Writers Against Racism: Cynthia Leitich Smith


Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times best-selling author of Eternal and its companions Tantalize and the forthcoming Blessed (all from Candlewick). She’s also the author of Jingle Dancer, Indian Shoes, and Rain Is Not My Indian Name (all Harper Collins) as well as the forthcoming Holler Loudly (Dutton). Briefly describe the impact racism […]