“Herizon’ details the journey of a Diné girl as she helps retrieve her grandmother’s flock of sheep with the aid of a magical scarf. It is illustrated by Corey Begay, of Cedar Springs, Arizona, and is the recipient of the American Indian Literature Award for Best Picture Book announced Jan. 24.
Daniel Vandever is the communications director for Navajo Technical University where he heads the university’s strategic communication efforts. Prior to working with NTU, Vandever served as the public information officer for Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation and as a copywriter for an advertising agency in St. Louis, MO, where he won state and regional ADDY awards. Vandever obtained his master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico and his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Vandever released a children’s book, Fall in Line, Holden, in 2017, and plans on publishing his second, titled Herizon, in 2021. In addition to his work in higher education and writing books, Vandever provides strategic communication consultation and lectures on marketing on the Navajo Nation.