I Sang You Down from the Stars

An Indigenous woman joyously awaits the birth of her child in this New York Times bestselling celebration of family and tradition by Cree and Trinidadian writer Tasha Spillett-Sumner, with dazzling illustrations by Tlingit artist and Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade.

"I loved you before I met you," the mother says. She gazes up into an amethyst sky at sunset, longing for a child. Following the sweeps of stardust, she finds a white eagle feather in a strawberry patch, "the first gift in a bundle/ that will be yours." While the assembling of medicine bundles is practiced primarily by Indigenous cultures, Spillet-Sumner's tender free-verse tribute to the joy of welcoming a new baby should resonate with any caregiver who has excitedly awaited a child's arrival. Her spare, uplifting lines sing with gratitude, reverence and elation. Goade's ethereal watercolor and mixed-media illustrations soar across the page, overflowing with gorgeous touches. --Jaclyn Fulwood, youth services manager, Main Branch, Dayton Metro Library

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