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Linda Boyden

Linda Boyden, of Cherokee and French Canadian ancestry, is an enrolled member of the United Lumbee Nation. She has spent most of her adult life leading children to literacy. From 1970-1997, she taught in elementary schools in Maryland, Nevada, Montana, and Virginia, receiving her master's in Gifted and Talented Education in 1992 from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. 

In 1997, Linda decided to change careers and abandoned full-time teaching for full-time writing. She and her husband, John, moved to Maui where for the next seven years she was a volunteer storyteller at the Makawao Public Library for their weekly Toddler Time Story Hour. She also hosted the library's Young Readers Club for older students after school once a month and was the weekly voice of the UpCountry Kiwanis' telephone StoryLine. 

While on Maui, she was an active member of both the Maui Live Poets Society and the Maui Writers Guild and had poems and articles published. In 2002, her first picture book, The Blue Roses, was published. It was the recipient of Lee and Low Books' first New Voices Award in the year 2000, the 2003 Paterson Prize in its age category, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers' Book of the Year, Children's Literature, 2002-2003, and was included on the prestigious CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) 2003 Choices list of recommended titles. In 2003, Linda was invited to participate in the 8th Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. 

Linda is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers. She enjoys doing author visits and storytelling at schools and libraries across the country. 

In 2004, Linda and family relocated to Redding, rimmed by Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen in beautiful northern California. Linda is in charge of the Beginning Reading Program at the Sylvan Learning Center. She is a regular storyteller at Barnes & Noble, Shasta County Library in Redding, the Anderson Library, and in many schools. She has recently had her first chapbook of poems published, WomanSong, as well as a CD of her Native American storytelling, Dikanohelvsdi Elisi Unitseli, Stories of the Grandmothers. Currently, she is working on her first storytelling DVD. In her spare time, she and photographer husband, John, enjoy hiking and spoiling their many beautiful grandchildren.

Powwow's Coming
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

This is a celebration of the contemporary powwow, which provides a rhyming verse to attract young children to the fun one can enjoy at a powwow. Boyden skillfully takes the main points of a powwow and creates anticipation in the charming verse.

Powwow's coming, hear the beat?
Powwow's coming, dancing feet.
Powwow's coming, hear the drum?
Powwow's coming, everyone!


Frustrated as a schoolteacher not being able to find good instructional materials on American Indians, Linda Boyden has bypassed the tired stereotype of Indians on horseback or hunting game and placed them in today's setting of a powwow. 

Powwow's Coming provides children with a foundation for understanding and celebrating the enduring culture and heritage of American Indians. Boyden's exquisite cut-paper collage and engaging poem visually place readers within the scenes of a contemporary Native American community while offering a thoughtful look at powwows and their meanings to the Native participants.

Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$29.95

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