Jingle Dancer

Modern and traditional ways live side by side and this book shows how both have their places—talk about your family’s traditions and culture!

Let’s Go!

Share the book Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith with your child.

Do it Together!

Look at the pictures and read the story with your child.

Talk about what jingles are and how your child thinks they might help the dress “sing.”

Talk about your own family’s traditions—what are important moments for your family?


This book shows a wonderful mix of modern and traditional ways.

The information at the end of the book helps explain the importance of jingle dresses and dancing, as well as further information about other things mentioned in the book.

Talking about these with your child can lead to conversations about your own traditions. They will love to hear your own family stories.

Other Resources

  • My Kokum Called Today by Irish Loewen
  • Grandmother’s Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain

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