Tucson Festival of Books

S.D. Nelson (he/him/his)

S. D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas. He is the award-winning author and illustrator of a number of books, including "Crazy Horse and Custer," "Red Cloud," "Sitting Bull," "Black Elk's Vision" (winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Storyteller Award and named a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best) and many more. His new book is "Grandma's Tipi." He lives in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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Awards: American Indian Library Association - Honor Book 2016; Texas Bluebonnet Master List Award 2011; Finalist – Western Writers of America 2005, 2011, 2016; Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices 2016; Notable Book for a Global Society - CLRSIG 2016; Notable Social Studies 2016- NCSS; American Library Association Notable Book Award 2001, 2011; GRAMMY AWARD Nomination - Best Native American Album – jacket 2006; Spur Award – Western Writers of America 2004, 2006; *Starred Review - Booklist 2010, 2012,2014; *Starred Review – Kirkus Reviews 2000, 2012; Finalist – Western Writers of America 2005, 2011; Parents’ Choice Award 2000; Book of Merit – The Five Owls Review; *Starred Review – School Library Journal 2010, 2012; Aesop Accolade 2012; Winner: Best of Show, Painting 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Inter-Tribal Ceremonial - Gallup, NM 1997; Feature Artist – Night Visions; Book for a Global Society Award – International Reading Association; Booklist: Top 10 Religion/Spirituality Books For Children- Black Elk’s Vision 2011; Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award; Gold Honor - California Reading Association 2010; Society of Illustrators Annual Children’s Book Exhibition; Teachers’ Choice Award – International Reading Association 2002; Most Outstanding Children’s Book - Mom’s Choice Awards 2008; Parents’ Choice Gold Award 2002; Choices - Cooperative Children’s Book Center 2011, 2013; Judy Goddard Award – AZ Library Association 2008; Aesop Accolade – American Folklore Society 2008; Carter G. Woodson Award 2009; Eureka Gold Award 2010; Orbis Pictus Recommended Book – NCTE 2011; Reading Magic Award – Parenting Magazine 2000; Fargo North High School Hall of Fame 2012, Silver Medal - Moonbeam Book Award 2012; NCTE 2013 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts; Children’s Literary Classics Award-Silver 2013; Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award 2013; Silver Medal, Picture Book Early Reader—Literary Classics Book Awards 2013

Communities: Indigenous or Native American

Scheduled events:
Family Connections: Ties that Bind
Children find security, love, and meaning in family relationships that extend across place and time. Those relationships include cousins, grandparents, parents, and even the family car. Author/illustrators convey the ties that bind in words and images.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laurel Goodluck, Jonathan Nelson, S.D. Nelson, John Parra
Moderator: Julia López-Robertson

Grandma's Tipi
A Present-Day Lakota Story
Abrams, Incorporated
January 2023
ISBN 9781419731921
40 pages

Crazy Horse and Custer
Born Enemies
Abrams, Incorporated
January 2021
ISBN 9781419731938
144 pages