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Baby Raven Reads book wins award with Petersburg artist’s work

A smiling Haida female artist, Janine Gibbons, holds two books that she worked on for the Baby Raven Reads Program. Both book covers depict artistic renditions of totem pole carvings. (Photo by Joe Viechnicki/KFSK))

The American Indian Library Association is honoring a 2018 children’s book with illustrations by a Petersburg artist.

“Raven Makes the Aleutians” is part of the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Baby Raven Reads series. It was named an honor book by the association for 2020. It’s one of three in the series illustrated by Janine Gibbons (Haida) of Petersburg. Her work helps tell a Tlingit oral tradition story about what happens after the great flood and raven creates land.

Baby Raven Reads program promotes literacy, language skills and school readiness for Alaska Native pre-school-aged children. Gibbons next is illustrating four Haida stories for a different publisher Portage and Maine Press of Winnipeg.

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