Today we are thrilled to reveal the cover for We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac. The book will be released on April 21, 2021, by Charlesbridge. Preorder here and here, and add the book on Goodreads.
Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here!
Too often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of relevant and ongoing. This companion book to the award-winning We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga offers readers everything they never learned in school about Native American people’s past, present, and future. Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including: forced assimilation (such as boarding schools), land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination (the US government not recognizing tribes as nations), Native urban relocation (from reservations), self-determination (tribal self-empowerment), Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development (including casino development), Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.
Traci Sorell is the award-winning author of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, which received a Sibert honor, a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor, an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) honor, and an Orbis Pictus honor. She also wrote At the Mountain’s Base, an AIYLA honor book, and co-authored Indian No More, an AIYLA winner with WNDB mentee Charlene Willing McManis. Traci has penned poems for anthologies such as Thanku: Poems of Gratitude and No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History. Her other forthcoming 2021 book is Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, illustrated by Natasha Donovan (Millbrook, March 2). Traci earned a law degree and has worked for Native advocacy groups in the past. She was born and raised in the Cherokee Nation and is raising her son there now. Visit her website.