Native American Night Before Christmas by Gary Robinson (of Choctaw/Cherokee descent) and illustrated by Jesse T. Hummingbird (Cherokee), artist, is an innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale. This full-color book takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for an American Indian family when Old Red Shirt (the Indian Santa Claus) comes a-calling with his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread, commodities, and other goodies. Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art.
Finding Grace is the third book in the Autumn Dawn trilogy by Kim Sagafus, Ojibwa. In Finding Grace, Autumn Dawn has learned to deal with her dyslexia and her life is starting to look better, but a horrible accident threatens to change everything. When her mother and brother are crossing a street, they are accidentally hit by a car. Autumn? s little brother is okay, but her mother ends up in intensive care. Autumn? s father, who had walked away from his family a while ago, leaving them to fend for themselves, is now back in their lives and trying to make amends. When Autumn?
In First Fire: A Cherokee Story written by Bradley Wagnon, Cherokee and illustrated by Alex Stephenson is a story that takes place during a time when animals could do many of the things that people do. The Creator gave the animals the world to live in, but they were without a source of heat at night. Great Thunder and his sons saw the plight of the animals, so he sent lightning down to strike a tree. The tree burst into flames, but because it was on an island, there was no way for the animals to easily get to the tree.