My friend Nancy Bo Flood writes wonderful multicultural books, and has a deep interest in Native American issues. I invited her to submit a guest post, and she chose to feature CHILDEN OF THE TIPI. Although we just missed the Multicultural Book Day on January 27th, it's never too late to celebrate the rich heritage of this country. Here's Nancy:
CHILDREN OF THE TIPI: LIFE IN THE BUFFALO DAYS
Edited by Michael Oren Fitzgerald
CHILDREN OF THE TIPI is a treasure. The book shares both images and words that accomplish so well what Michael Fitzgerald describes in his Editor's Note - that we can "learn the wisdom of the olden-day Indians directly from the source...we can still glimpse the spirit of that irreplaceable world directly through their words and photographs."
During the past several years as I have written and spoken about the need for children's books about and by Native Americans. Less than 1% of published books for children are written by or about American Indians. I have emphasized the need to show individuals, not stereotypes, and historical accuracy, not myths, exaggerations, or misrepresentations...or silent omission. We need books written from the Native perspective. What an amazing book Michael Fitzgerald has created that is accessible and understandable by young readers.
CHILDREN OF THE TIPI was published by Wisdom Tales Press, an imprint of World Wisdom and Wisdom Tales. This year Wisdom Tales is sponsoring the first annual Multicultural Children's Book Day, January 27th. They will be giving away sets of their children’s books on both their Facebook and Pinterest pages in conjunction with the event. Take a look – their books are wonderful.