Thank you so much for your creative guidance and generous
hospitality. What a pleasure this Sumer Writing Circle has been.
– a literature teacher

Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your Writing
Circle. It has been wonderful! You are an inspiration and good
friend to me.
– children’s author

THANK YOU for such a wonderful day for our Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and teachers! I am attaching some photos from this unique experience you provided for our Little Mustangs. (Methinks) Betty Mae Tiger Jumper would be proud.

-award-winning public school art teacher

GOOD NEWS FOR SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader

SHE SANG PROMISE is a “Great Read for Kids & Teachers”, landing on a list of 52 books collected by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Library of Congress, appreciations for the ONE of 52 GREAT READS designation.
Library of Congress, appreciations for the ONE of 52 GREAT READS designation.

SHE SANG PROMISE is out in a SCHOLASTIC EDITION – for book clubs & book fairs.


FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS named SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumpers, Seminole Tribal Leader


the GOLD  winner in Children’s Literature. This recognition will increase the chances that  young readers will know more about Florida heritage & about the amazing Betty Mae Tiger Jumper.


placed SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader, on this 2010 recommended list:


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.


THE ALA/Amelia Bloomer Project List named SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader, to its annual annotated bibliography of books for young readers that offer excellent role models of girl & women characters or real girls & women in non-fiction.

Online discussions include

testimonials for Lisa’s art, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper’s life in

She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper,  Seminole Tribal Leader

by Jan Godown Annino, illustrated by Lisa Desimini, with an afterword letter to children from Moses Jumper, Jr.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Betty Mae Jumper is a woman ahead of her time and will inspire young people who face the world. Your story is informative and engaging. The illustrations are lovely.  … I read it with delight as I was reminded of my early experience with the Seminole tribe in Miami…

retired library director Helen Moeller, Florida

It is truly beautiful & beautifully written. You are a terrific writer.

Adrian Fogelin, YA/middle grade author

Your combined arts have made this a picture book to keep.

Joan Broerman, past Regional Advisor, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

Betty Mae Jumper’s story is a BIG SUMMER READ from (a pbs affiliate)

READING ROCKETS, a portion of the teevee world PBS family, recommends She Sang Promise in announcing a BIG SUMMER READ! Many other books listed, to hunt up at your library, too. I want to look at all of them but am especially intrigued with a new take on Sojourner Truth.

(Appreciations to The Storyhat Lady for sharing this news.)

National review sources (more details are over at the BOOKS page) include:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal &  Booklist, which have also listed the Betty Mae Tiger Jumper story, She Sang Promise, as being a book to carry in your school library.

*Additionally, the May 25, 2010 issue online of School Library Journal, features a Bowllan’s Blog edition of Amy Bowllan’s series, “Writers Against Racism,” and that day there’s a Q/A about Betty Mae Tiger Jumper.  The url link is hard to follow, so I don’t have it posted here. Sorry for the inconvenience.


“The illustrations are richly detailed and bring attention to design elements found in traditional Seminole objects and cloth. This book will serve as a wonderful addition to studies of the contributions Seminoles have made—and continue to make—and will also add to the growing number of biographies of women whose strong leadership has made a difference in the lives of many people.”

*Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library youth librarian/School Library Journal:

“…her writing is superb. There is a poetry to her words…”

*Adrian Fogelin, a writer of middle grade & Young Adult novels ( THE SORTA SISTERS, THE REAL QUESTION) that are more than quite fine, who is also a talented illustrator of nature & a quite-cool troubadour in the group Hot Tamale with songster Craig Reeder, has posted thusly:

* KISS THE BOOK says She Sang Promise is an essential school & library book

*Renaissance Learning has created a practice test about SHE SANG PROMISE, available to subscribers but the first online page is here with an RL-determined interest level (K-3) & book level (4.6) posted with o.5 Acelerated Reader points given for Griffendor. Not. But that was fun to write. It’s 0.5 points given to She Sang Promise.

TALLAHASSEE MAGAZINE May-June 2017 Kids’Lit Holds Lessons for All p. 103