There has been a ton of good news about Dawn Quigley’s JO JO MAKOONS: THE USED TO BE BEST FRIEND, a chapter book series launcher. And just the other week we announced news of two middle-grade novels in verse from Dawn were underway. And now we’re back again, announcing a new picture book from this triple threat of an author!
Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan at Heartdrum/HarperCollins have acquired AANIIN, a picture book by Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe citizen Dawn Quigley (Jo Jo Makoons chapter book series), illustrated by Diné/Chicana painter and illustrator Nani Chacon. In the book, to be published in Summer 2024, the Ojibwe Seven Grandfathers teachings are used to give children guidelines for living a good life. Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author and the illustrator represented herself, in the deal for world rights.
“Aaniin” translates as “I see your light”—and I know you can imagine how moving it is to hear a steady, wise voice saying those words to children through a picture book text. The world needs this book!