Tasha Spillett-Sumner & Michaela Goade Online Book LaunchThursday May 27 2021 6:30 pm, Winnipeg, Online, Zoom
Celebrate the New York Times and CBC bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars with the book’s Canadian publisher, Owlkids Books, and McNally Robinson Booksellers!
Join acclaimed author Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Caldecott medal-winning illustrator Michaela Goade for a discussion about their moving picture book tribute to new motherhood and Indigenous traditions, moderated by award-winning writer David A. Robertson.
Tasha Spillett-Sumner is a Cree and Trinidadian award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education. She makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba, where she raises her daughter, Isabella, with her husband.
Michaela Goade is a Tlingit illustrator, and winner of the 2021 Caldecott medal for We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom. She grew up in the rainforests and on the beaches of Juneau, Alaska, and still makes her home on traditional Tlingit territory today.
David A. Robertson (he, him, his) is a Swampy Cree author based in Winnipeg. He has published more than 20 books including novels, children’s books and memoir, and also hosts the CBC Manitoba podcast Kiwew.
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A New York Times and CBC Books bestselling #OwnVoices love letter from an Indigenous mother to her new baby, new from celebrated author Tasha Spillett-Sumner and 2021 Caldecott winning illustrator Michaela Goade, that honors the beauty of a little one's arrival Drawing from Indigenous creation stories and traditional teachings and illustrated in dazzling watercolors, I Sang You Down from the Stars is a tribute to the bond between mother and child. The narrator gathers gifts for a medicine bundle in anticipation of her baby's birth; a fluffy white eagle plume, bunches of cedar and sage, a quilted star blanket, and a small stone from the river. When the baby arrives, the mother shares the bundle with her child and reveals the importance of each item inside. But when her family comes to meet the new arrival, she realizes the baby arrived with gifts of its own and that the baby is also a sacred bundle: a baby bundle. Writing in simple, lyrical text, author Tasha Spillett-Sumner draws from her cultural heritage in order to celebrate Indigenous traditions and the universal nature of a mother's love, with stunning art by the 2021 Caldecott medal winner for We Are Water Protectors, Michela Goade.