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DEEP ROOTS: Alaska Native Voices in Publishing is a poster in the 2020 PNLA Virtual Poster Session. We encourage you to engage in discussion by leaving a comment on the page. The author of the poster will respond to comments the week of August 4-7, 2020.

Presenters: Best Beginnings, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska Northwest Books

Track: Public & School Libraries

Abstract: Discover authors and publishing programs creating Alaska children’s books that are culturally relevant, accurate, well-produced, and age-appropriate for their target audiences.


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About the Presenters:

  • Abbe Hensley is the executive director of Best Beginnings, a statewide early childhood nonprofit focused on growing readers, building strong families, and engaging community.
  • Stephanie Schott is the Early Literacy Director of Best Beginnings.
  • Angela Y. Gonzalez, (Koyukon Athabascan) is wife and a mother of two, works PR/Communications, loves taking photos and writing, and is author of several books.
  • Barbara J. Atwater (Dena’ina) is a retired teacher, administrator and author.
  • Ethan J. Atwater, Barbara’s son, is an author and interested in storytelling and educating children on Dena’ina folklore.
  • Tess Olympia is the Program Manager for Sealaska Heritage’s Baby Raven Reads program and part of the Book Production Team.
  • Angela Zbornik is marketing manager for Alaska Northwest Books.

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Jennifer Walker
3 years ago

Thank you for this!! Loved those info-graphics on diversity in publishing…super powerful.

3 years ago

Wow. These books a great and beautiful. I have enjoyed the ones I have read previously. I am going to investigate to see if there is a similar publisher/program in Oregon and the surrounding region. I just read Indian No More which is about the Umpqua losing their official status as viewed through the eyes of a young girl. Stories like these seem like essential reading to better connect people with the land and the communities that live (or have lived) there.

Angie Z
Reply to  Rick
3 years ago

Thanks, Rick! We are fortunate to work with amazing authors and love connecting readers with people and places to create a better understanding. Happy reading!