“A glorious novel about friendship, emerging identity, family secrets, and lost culture, Day’s debut, while targeted at 8 to 12-year-olds at grade levels 3 to 7, will resonate with readers of all ages.” — BookTrib

Christine Day is a citizen of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. Her first novel, I Can Make This Promise, was a best book of the year from NPR, as well as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book, and an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book. Her second novel, The Sea in Winter, was a Top 10 Indie Kids’ Next selection, a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book. She also wrote She Persisted: Maria Tallchief, a biography in Chelsea Clinton’s book series about inspirational women.

Her most recent book, We Still Belong, released in the Summer of 2023. In this warm hug of a novel, award-winning author Christine Day assures readers that even with all the very real problems they may face, they are worthy, their voices matter—and they belong.

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We Still Belong

Heartdrum |
Middle Grade Fiction

In this warm hug of a novel, award-winning author Christine Day assures readers that even with all the very real problems they may face, they are worthy, their voices matter—and they belong.

Today is a big day for Wesley. Her poem about Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be printed in the school newspaper—and she also has a plan to ask her crush, fellow gamer Ryan, to go with her to the school dance.

But from the moment she boards the morning bus, Wesley’s day starts to unravel. Between jittery emotions, unexpected encounters, and awkward conversations with her teachers, almost nothing about her day goes according to plan.

Still, the day has even more surprises in store for Wesley when she attends an intertribal powwow, where she learns some truths that aren’t surprising at all. Including the truth that she is just as brave—and as loved—as she could dream. 

She Persisted: Maria Tallchief

Philomel Books |
Middle Grade Nonfiction
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds–including Maria Tallchief!

In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief–and how she persisted.

Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America’s first prima ballerina. Many famous American ballets were created for Maria!

Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Maria Tallchief’s footsteps and make a difference! A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum.

And don’t miss out on the rest of the books in the She Persisted series, featuring so many more women who persisted, including Florence Griffith Joyner, Coretta Scott King, and more!

Praise for She Persisted: Maria Tallchief:

“A rich, clear picture of how one iconic Native dancer persisted.” —Publishers Weekly

“Inspiringly shows how Maria Tallchief persisted and made her dreams come true.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Sea in Winter

Heartdrum |
Middle Grade Fiction

In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.

But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?

The Heartdrum imprint centers a wide range of intertribal voices, visions, and stories while welcoming all young readers, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes. In partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

I Can Make This Promise

Quill Tree Books |
Middle Grade Fiction

In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity.

All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers.

Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her.

Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?


School Visits with Christine Day

School Assembly
In her assembly presentations, Christine enjoys having warm, candid conversations with large groups of students. She will begin with a slideshow presentation, and/or a reading from one of her books. She will also dedicate time for Q&A with the students. (Grades 3+)

“Box in the Attic” Writing Workshop
This workshop invites students into a pivotal scene from I Can Make This Promise… except this time, the scene will serve as a prompt for their own imaginations. The students will write from the perspective of their own characters, discovering and opening a mysterious box in an attic. (Grades 4+)

“Plotting Practice” Writing Workshop
This workshop will begin with a definition of the word “Sanctuary,” similar to the first chapter of The Sea in Winter. Christine will then use the word in a prompt that is specifically structured for students to consider the cause/effect nature of plotting a story. (Grades 5+)

“I Belong” Poetry Workshop
In We Still Belong, Wesley writes a poem that explores the themes of belonging, identity, and place-based connections. Christine will encourage the students to examine these topics in their own lives through poetry. (Grades 4+)

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book
Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book
NPR Best Book of 2019
School Library Journal Best Book of 2019
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2019
Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2019
ALA Notable Children’s Book
Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start Selection
Project Lit Book Club Selection
MG at Heart Book Club Selection
American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book
Pacific Northwest Book Award Finalist
Top 10 Indie Kids’ Next List Selection
Indigo Best Book of 2021
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2021
School Library Journal Best Book of 2021
BookPage Best Book of 2021
ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
“Great Reads from Great Places” Selection

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