Born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, children’s author Nancy Bo Flood earned a BA from Beloit College, an MFA from Vermont College, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. She has written more than ten books, including Marianas Island Legends (2001); The Navajo Year, Walk Through Many Seasons (2006); and Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo (2013), a finalist for the Colorado Book of the Year.
Books by Flood have been named a Booklist Editor’s Choice for popular appeal and literary excellence, received a Bank Street Best Books of the Year (ages 5–9), and been selected by the Junior Library Guild. Flood lives in the Navajo Nation and has taught at Navajo Diné Community College. A trained psychologist, she has also worked as a counselor and researcher studying the human brain.
For the Navajo people, the new year begins in October, when summer meets winter. The Navajo Year, Walk Through Many Seasons follows the Navajo calendar, and provides poetic descriptions of the many sights, sounds, and activities associated with each month.
In November, there are string games and stories; in April, planting of corn, beans, and squash; and in July, rodeos and monsoon rains.
Follow Coyote through the year, and explore how the Navajos observe the rites and passages of each month.
Arizona Book Awards Best Children Non-Fiction book 2007
The Navajo Hogan is more than just a place to live for traditional Navajo families. It is a traditional home where harmony exists. Long ago, Great Grandfather built a hogan for his family as an important aspect of the Navajo way of life. Each morning, a family member would go outside and stand in the doorway facing east giving thanks for their family, the canyons, the mesas, and their home. Navajo people show their respect to the world of nature and acknowledge the reciprocal relationship between nature and humans.