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Heartdrum Launch Event

Wednesday, February 10th @ 7pm Central (8pm Eastern, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific)
Please register here: Heartdrum Event

Join HarperCollins, We Need Diverse Books, the National Indian Education Association, and Birchbark Books for an evening celebrating the launch of Heartdrum, a new Native-focused imprint led by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Heartdrum offers a wide range of innovative, unexpected, and heartfelt stories by Native creators, informed and inspired by lived experience, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes.

This virtual event will feature authors Cynthia Leitich Smith, Christine Day, Dawn Quigley, and Brian Young and will be moderated by Ellen Oh, co-founder of We Need Diverse Books.

All Heartdrum titles purchased from Birchark Books will include an exclusive art print. While supplies last!

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

This collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.


The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

This evocative and heartwarming novel tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again. Available in paperback and hardcover. The hardcover edition is signed by the author (while supplies last).


Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley

Boozhoo! Meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is. Available in paperback and hardcover.


Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young

Brian Young’s powerful debut novel tells of a seemingly ordinary Navajo boy who must save the life of a Water Monster—and comes to realize he’s a hero at heart.


Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

In this beautifully reimagined story, Native American Lily and English Wendy embark on a high-flying journey of magic, adventure, and courage to a fairy-tale island known as Neverland...


Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith

This collection of interrelated stories is heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Cynthia Leitich Smith writes with wit and candor about what it's like to grow up as a Seminole-Cherokee boy who is just as happy pounding the pavement in windy Chicago as rowing on a lake in rural Oklahoma.


Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith's lyrical text is paired with the warm, evocative watercolors of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu in this affirming story of a contemporary Native American girl who turns to her family and community.


Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

In a voice that resonates with insight and humor, Cynthia Leitich Smith tells the story of a teenage girl who must face down her grief and reclaim her place in the world with the help of her intertribal community.