I Sang You Down from the Stars


By Tasha Spillett

Illustrated by Michaela Goade

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Hardcover $18.99

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New York Times bestseller!

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

This unique baby book sings with Native cultural detail, while striking a universal chord in its celebration of the blossoming of love that comes with expecting and welcoming a new baby–with art by New York Times bestselling illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade

As she waits for the arrival of her new baby, a mother-to-be gathers gifts to create a sacred bundle. A white feather, cedar and sage, a stone from the river . . .

Each addition to the bundle will offer the new baby strength and connection to tradition, family, and community. As they grow together, mother and baby will each have gifts to offer each other.

Tasha Spillett and Michaela Goade, two Indigenous creators, bring beautiful words and luminous art together in a resonant celebration of the bond between mother and child.


  • *"Gorgeous, shimmering, heartfelt."
  • "...will make a beautiful gift for an expecting family."
    Shelf Awareness
  • "A tender celebration of parenthood."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "I Sang You Down From the Stars marvelously conveys not only the bonds between mother and child but also the multitude of connections that await every child—connections to family, community and Earth itself."
  • "The care and love felt through the pages of the illustrations are dreamlike and ethereal."
    Schoool Library Journal
  • "This story will be appreciated wherever newborns are celebrated."

On Sale
Apr 6, 2021
Page Count
32 pages

Tasha Spillett

About the Author

Tasha Spillett is a Cree and Trinidadian award-winning poet, scholar, and writer. She is the author of several books for young readers, including the New York Times bestselling picture book I Sang You Down from the Stars with art by Michaela Goade. She makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba, where she lives with her family.

Daniel Ramirez is a descendant of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan and a much-celebrated fine artist. His award-winning art has appeared in exhibitions and museums across the world, including at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. He lives between Phoenix, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Michaela Goade

Michaela Goade

About the Illustrator

Michaela Goade (Tlingit) is an award-winning designer and illustrator. She has illustrated a number of picture books including Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy, winner of the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Best Picture Book Award, and the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award-winning book, We Are Water Protectors. She lives in Juneau, Alaska.

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