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About the Author
TASHA SPILLETT-SUMNER is an Inninewak (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. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book I Sang You Down from the Stars and the award-winning Surviving the City graphic novel series.
SALINI PERERA has been making art for as long as she can remember -- and making art for picture books is a lifelong dream come true. She was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and their three cats, Victoria, Albert, and Alice.
- Named a Best Book of 2021 by Kirkus, Shelf Awareness, and the Chicago Public Library
- American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book, 2022
- ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2022
- ALA Rise: A Feminist Book Project List, 2022
"Gorgeous, shimmering, heartfelt." --Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW
"A tender celebration of parenthood that will resonate with Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers alike." -- Publishers Weekly - STARRED REVIEW
"[Tasha] Spillet-Sumner's tender free-verse tribute to the joy of
welcoming a new baby should resonate with any caregiver who has
excitedly awaited a child's arrival ... [Michaela] Goade's ethereal
watercolor and mixed-media illustrations soar across the page,
overflowing with gorgeous touches ... I Sang You Down from the Stars will make a beautiful gift for an expecting family as well as a read-aloud to assure children they are loved." -- Shelf Awareness - STARRED REVIEW
"Beautifully expresses a mother's hopes, dreams and love for her newborn
... Marvelously conveys not only the bonds between mother and child but
also the multitude of connections that await every child--connections to
family, community and Earth itself." -- BookPage - STARRED REVIEW
"The care and love felt through the pages of the illustrations are
dreamlike and ethereal ... The emotions stirred by word choices and
visual elements can be overwhelmingly tender." -- School Library Journal - STARRED REVIEW
"This could give rise to story hour discussions of differences that matter and those that do not ... [A] sweet portrait of a mother-daughter relationship."-- "School Library Journal"
"Spillett-Sumner's quiet text strikes a steady rhythm of call and response: Izzy's uncertainties and her mother's answering refrain that celebrates rather than dismisses the pair's differences ... A lovely accompaniment to any cuddle."-- "Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW"
"Readers will be touched by the bond between mother and daughter. The illustrations are also warm and reveal the tenderness between the two."-- "Booklist"
"The key takeaway for us was the ability to recognize that everyone is beautiful - even if their beauty is different than ours."-- "The Canadian Homeschooler"