A painter and a teller of stories

S.D. Nelson - Illustrated Native American Children's Books and Prints


  • 2024 Illustrator: Wings of an Eagle, The Gold Medal Dreams of Billy Mills, by Mills and Bowman, Little, Brown and Company, NY
  • 2023 Author/Illustrator: Grandma’s Tipi, A Present Day Lakota Story, Abrams, NY
  • 2021 Author/Illustrator: Crazy Horse and Custer, Born Enemies, Abrams, NY
  • 2017 Author/Illustrator: Red Cloud, A Lakota Story of War and Surrender, Abrams, NY
  • 2015 Author/Illustrator: Sitting Bull, Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People, Abrams, NY
  • 2014 Author/Illustrator: Digging a Hole to Heaven, Coal Miner Boys, Abrams, NY
  • 2012 Author/Illustrator: Buffalo Bird Girl, Abrams, NY
  • 2012 Author/Illustrator: Greet the Dawn, The Lakota Way, South Dakota State Historical Society, SD
  • 2012 Illustrator: Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky, by Timothy McLaughlin, Abrams, NY
  • 2012 Author: Best of America, Reader’s Digest Magazine, July-August
  • 2012 Illustrator: Pine Ridge’s Young Poets, South Dakota Magazine, July-Aug.
  • 2011 Illustrator: Sky Bear, by Nina Jaffe, Publisher: Highlights Magazine, PA
  • 2010 Author/Illustrator: Black Elk’s Vision, A Lakota Story, Abrams, New York, NY
  • 2010 Illustrator: Frog Brings Rain, by P.H. Powell, National Geographic/Hampton-Brown, CA
  • 2009 Illustrator: Edge Fundamentals, Two Were Left, by Hugh B. Cave, National Geographic/Hampton CA
  • 2008 Illustrator: Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich, Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY
  • 2007 Illustrator: Dance in a Buffalo Skull, by Zitkala-Sa, South Dakota State Historical Society, SD
  • 2007 Author/Illustrator: Coyote Christmas, A Lakota Story, Abrams, New York, NY
  • 2006 Author/Illustrator: Quiet Hero, The Ira Hayes Story, Lee and Low Books, NY
  • 2005 Illustrator: The First Americans by Anthony Aveni, Scholastic Books, NY
  • 2004 Illustrator: Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path, by Joseph Bruchac, Lee and Low Books, NY
  • 2003 Author/Illustrator: The Star People, A Lakota Story, Abrams, NY
  • 2000 Illustrator: Crazy Horse’s Vision, by Joseph Bruchac, Lee and Low Books, NY
  • 1999 Author/Illustrator: Gift Horse, A Lakota Story, Abrams, NY

Paintings in Permanent Collections

  • Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC
  • North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND
  • Journey Museum and Learning Center, Rapid City, SD
  • South Dakota Art Museum-SDSU, Brookings, SD
  • South Dakota State Historical Society Press, Pierre, SD
  • Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, VA
  • Library and Student Union, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, MT