Welcome to 2024, everybody! I’m glad we’re here.

Late last year, I attended the Native American Heritage Month Celebration at the Austin Public Library and enjoyed the panel discussion among Cynthia Leitich Smith and four of the authors writing for HarperCollins’ Heartdrum imprint for young readers.

I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I decided on the spot that I’d share their work with four lucky subscribers to my Bartography Express newsletter.

For my January 2024 book giveaway, I’m offering signed* copies of books by Laurel Goodluck, Dawn Quigley, Kim Rogers, and Brian Young, each to a different subscriber. The four books I’m giving away are:

Healer of the Water Monster, by Brian Young

Jo Jo Makoons: Fancy Pants, by Dawn Quigley and illustrated by Tara Audibert

Just Like Grandma, by Kim Rogers and illustrated by Julie Flett

Rock Your Mocs, by Laurel Goodluck and illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight

Subscribers to my monthly Bartography Express newsletter (folks can sign up here) are all eligible to win one of these titles.

If you’re a Bartography Express subscriber with a U.S. mailing address and you’d like to be one of those four winners, by the end of January 2024 either say so in the comments below or email me directly, and you’ll officially be in the running.

Good luck — and if you know another reader, family member, educator, librarian, etc., who you think might like to be one of the fortunate four, won’t you please let them know, too?

* This assumes I can find my signed copy of Jo Jo Makoons: Fancy Pants. It can’t have wandered far from the others, so it’s gotta be around here somewhere. (Have you seen it?) The winner will definitely get a copy — I can’t guarantee it will be signed, but I’ll keep looking…