|At the Illumine Award Banquet|
Two graphic novels, Tantalize: Kieren's Story and Eternal: Zachary's Story, both illustrated by Ming Doyle, complete the Tantalize series.
These adventure-fantasies are originally published by Candlewick Press in the U.S., Walker Books in the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand, and additional publishers around the globe. The series are often noted for their diverse protagonists, humor, social conscience and compelling action.
Cynthia is also the author of several award-winning children's books, including Jingle Dancer, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu; Rain Is Not My Indian Name and Indian Shoes, illustrated by Jim Madsen; all published by HarperCollins.
Cynthia was named a Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in recognition of Rain is Not My Indian Name.
Cynthia has been twice featured at the National Book Festival. Her titles have been honored among Notable Children's Trade Books in Social Studies, Oklahoma Book Award finalists, NEA Choices, CCBC Choices, Bank Street Choices, Children's Crown List selections, YALSA Popular Paperbacks, and more.
In 2013, the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators instituted the Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award in her honor.
In 2014, Feral Nights was named winner of the Writers' League of Texas Book Award and Cynthia was appointed to the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books.
Cynthia is a popular writing teacher, serving on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and frequently leading workshops hosted by SCBWI chapters, Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers and various SCBWI chapters.
Her website at www.cynthialeitichsmith.com was named one of the top 10 Writer Sites on the Internet by Writer's Digest and an ALA Great Website for Kids. Her Cynsations blog at cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/ was listed as among the top two read by the children's/YA publishing community in the SCBWI "To Market" column.
School Library Journal said of Cynsations, “If you read only one blog, this is it!”
Cynthia makes her home in south-central Austin.
Cynthia has written several essays and short stories. These include:
- "All's Well," which appears in Violent Ends, edited by Shaun David Hutchinson (Simon Pulse, 2015);
- "Cupid's Beaux," which appears in Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, edited by Ann Angel (Candlewick, 2015);
- a letter in Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves, edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally (Zest, 2012);
- "Mooning Over Broken Stars," which appears in Girl Meets Boy, edited by Kelly Milner Halls (Chronicle, 2012);
- "Isolation," which appears in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories, edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones (HarperTeen, 2011);
- "The Wrath of Dawn," which appears in Geektastic: Stories from The Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Little, Brown, 2009);
- "Cat Calls," which appears in Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2009); and
- "Haunted Love," which appears in Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, edited by P.C. Cast (BenBella, 2008);
- "Riding with Rosa" appeared in Cicada magazine (March/April 2005);
- "A Real-Live Blond Cherokee and His Equally Annoyed Soul Mate," which appears in Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today, edited by Lori Marie Carlson (HarperCollins, 2005)--all published for ages 12 and up.
|Michigan Law School reading room|
Her website at www.cynthialeitichsmith.com offers articles, interviews, reading recommendations, publishing news, and annotated links. It was named one of the top 10 writer sites on the Internet by Writer's Digest and recognized among "Great Sites for Kids" by the American Library Association in the "Authors/Illustrators" category.
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