Ria Thundercloud is from the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin and the Sandia Pueblo peoples of New Mexico and was welcomed to the dance circle at 4 years old with a traditional jingle dance pow wow initiation. By the time she was 13 she was also studying jazz, ballet and classical dance. As she dances nationally and internationally, Thundercloud has followed her brother’s whispered advice at her pow wow initiation to “Dance hard!”
Children shape their reality based on the building blocks we provide – home-life, loving relationships, community, culture all play a part in how our kiddos develop a positive self-identity. And providing books for children that accurately reflect their lived-experience, their community and culture is a critically important tool to reinforce those positive building blocks! Finding My Dance is just such a book with a strong heroine!
Making It Real
Every summer our local libraries sponsor reading programs for children and adults. What better way to participate than for your child to read books with characters who look like them or are interested in the things your child loves.
If your library does not provide summer reading activities, then find a summer reading community at Scholastic's Summer Reading Home Base.
The Stories Matter
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But, really, VISIT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY!