A video interview with

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate and a New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers. She is also the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and serves as the Katherine Paterson Inaugural Endowed Chair on the faculty of the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cynthia is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and lives in Austin, Texas.

To see more of Cynthia's short stories, essays, and poems, take a look at her collected works for children and young adults on her website and blog, Cynsations.

Watch our interview with Cynthia below, view the interview transcript, and see a selected list of Cynthia's children's books

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald