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Author Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Cynthia Leitich Smith Children's Literature Resources

Jingle Dancer
ages 4-up

Indian Shoes
ages 7-up

Rain Is Not My
Indian Name
ages 10-up

Period Pieces
features story by CLS
ages 8-up
Story Behind The Story

In My
Grandmother's House
features story by CLS
ages 8-up

Award-winning children's book author Cynthia Leitich Smith welcomes you to her official Web site. Cynthia is the author of three books for young readers: JINGLE DANCER (Morrow Junior Books)(ages 4-up); INDIAN SHOES (HarperCollins)(ages 7-up); and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME (HarperCollins and Listening Library)(ages 10-up) She has also published middle grade short stories in recent Harper anthologies. 

Cynthia lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children's author, Greg Leitich Smith. Greg's debut novel, a middle grade comedy, was titled NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO (Little Brown, 2003). It won a Parents' Choice Gold Medal and was named a Junior Library Guild selection.
05/013/04 update: NINJAS is now available on audio from Recorded Books!

This Web site includes substantial teacher support information about Cynthia's books as well as tremendous resources related to the entire body of children's and young adult literature.

See new Story Behind The Story interviews with Julie Anne Peters on LUNA (Little Brown, 2004); Nancy Garden on MOLLY'S FAMILY (FSG, 2004), and Heidi Roemer on Come To My Party and Other Shape Poems (Holt, 2004).

I've also added a new, somewhat personal bibliography:
Children's and Young Adult Books That Spoke Most To Cyn's Soul. Which book(s) spoke most to yours?

Keep reading,


Cynthia Leitich Smith Interview from Austin SCBWI. Spring 2004

Children's Books With Muslim and Related Cultural Themes from children's book author Rukhsana Khan.

Multicultural Publishing: What's the Big Deal? from children's book author Uma Krishnaswami.

Author Answers with Debut Children's Author Coleen Paratore from Debbi Michiko Florence's Web site. Paratore is the author of HOW PRUDENCE PROOVIT PROVED THE TRUTH ABOUT FAIRY TALES (illustrated by Tamara Petrosino).

Why Adults Can't Read Boy Readers by children's book author Marc Aronson.

My Very Own Scholarly Column: Revenge of the Children's Book Author by children's book author Carolyn Crimi. Scroll to read.

Writing links from Cynthia Leitich Smith Childen's Literature Resources have been expanded for your informational pleasure.

Children’s books help readers – and writers – make sense of their worlds. 

Given today’s Brave New World, children’s books are that much more important. 
When people ask me what I do, I smile and answer, “I’m in the Hope Business.”
- Esther Hershenhorn, Children's Book Author
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