Yvonne Wakim Dennis

Yvonne Wakim Dennis is an award winning author of nonfiction books for children and adults including A Kid’s Guide to Native American History (Moonbeam Gold and Silver Awards), Children of the United States (Bank Street Best Books) and Children of Native America Today (CCBC Choices, Notable Books for a Global Society, Top 100 Books of the Century).  Dennis adores being a member of Bank Street Writers Lab, which helps set standards for excellence in children’s literature. She interweaves environmental justice into all she writes and credits her diverse family (Cherokee/Sand Hill/Syrian) with her commitment to making an inclusive and multicultural world.  She is the Education Director for the Children’s Cultural Center of Native America and serves on the boards of While We Are Still Here and Coopdanza. In 2014, she received the Smithsonian National Arab American Museums’s Best Children’s Book of the year (A Kid’s Guide to Arab American History) and is now on the awards selection committee.  Dennis feels both humbled and blessed to be recognized for her writing and also grateful to be honored for her community work by receiving a Sanaka Award, a  David Chow Humanitarian Award, and  the Drums Along the Hudson/NYC Parks Service Community Lifetime Achievement Award. Her latest book, Native Landmarks and Festivals, A Traveler’s Guide to Indigenous United States and Canada, takes tourists on a culturally accurate tour to fascinating places hosted by First Peoples. Although Dennis visited many of the sites in the book, but she is itching to experience the rest.

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