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So happy to announce my second book deal! I'm super excited that the fabulous Jonathan Nelson will illustrate our picture book, A Letter for Bob slated for summer 2023 with Heartdrum/HarperCollins! Jonathan's artwork is amazing. I've already seen the preliminary sketches. I LOVE his vision for this story.

This humorous and heartfelt book was inspired by my affection for cars from the age of three. So many memories made in them that they become a part of our families. It's sad when we have to let them go. This is the book I wish I would have had as a kid.

I cannot wait to share A Letter for Bob with you!

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Bursting with joy to finally share this news . . .




Thrilled and honored that the amazingly talented Julie Flett will illustrate our picture book, Just Like Grandma coming winter 2023 with Heartdrum/HarperCollins!


I absolutely LOVE Julie's art. I've already seen the colored sketches for this book and they are stunning!  Working with Julie is a dream come true. 


Although this is a fictional story about a Wichita girl who wants to be like her grandma, my grandmothers have always been a big part of my life.  They are no longer with us, but I have fond memories of each of them.


Cannot wait to get Just Like Grandma to kids and grandmothers too!


I'm so excited and honored to be included in Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, a middle-grade anthology alongside amazing authors and friends. 


Featured contributors are Joseph Bruchac, Art Coulson, Christine Day, Eric Gansworth, Carole Lindstrom, Dawn Quigley, 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!


This groundbreaking anthology is edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt. The cover draws its inspiration from Jessie, the protagonist of my short story, '"Flying Together". Also included is my poem, "What is a Powwow?". The book will be released on February 9, 2021, by Heartdrum/HarperCollins. For more information and to  pre-order, click the link below:

Cover Reveal: Ancestor Approved edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cover illustration by Nicole Neidhardt