Penny M. Thomas is a writer of Cree-Ojibway background who sees storytelling as a key component of healing. Her two delightful books for children introduce young readers to Cree language and culture in a warm and inviting way. Powwow Counting in Cree won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award. Nimoshom and his Bus (HighWater) introduces readers to a grandfatherly bus driver who shares his love and his Cree language with his young charges. Both books include a glossary of new words. An advocate for First Nations people, Thomas works in the field of psychology and therapy. She lives in Brandon.