Media kit: Runs with the Stars / Wiijibibamatoon-Anangoonan

Runs with the Stars book cover
Book covers for Runs with the Stars and Wiijibibamatoon-Anangoonan
  • contact Heather O’Connor or Darcy Whitecrow
  • Heather’s bio
  • honours and awards for Runs with the Stars
  • quotes and reviews
  • backgrounder on the Ojibwe Horse (Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony)
  • high-res images of Heather and her coauthor Darcy Whitecrow, book covers, Ojibwe Horses
  • videos

About Heather M. O’Connor, author of Runs with the Stars

Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer, based in Peterborough, Ontario.

Heather has coauthored two stories about the Ojibwe Horse with Darcy Whitecrow. In RUNS WITH THE STARS / WIIJIBIBAMATOON-ANANGOONAN, a grandfather shares the history of the Ojibwe Horse with his granddaughter as they await the birth of a new foal. This intergenerational picture book with versions in English and English/Ojibwe, was illustrated by Lenny Lischenko. It was published in 2022 by Second Story Press.

ACROSS THE ICE: HOW WE SAVED THE OJIBWE HORSE, illustrated by Natasha Donovan, will be published by Candlewick Press in 2025.

Heather’s debut picture book FAST FRIENDS, published by Scholastic Canada, was the winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the 2022 TD Grade 1 Book Giveaway. The sequel, FRIENDS FIND A WAY, hit the shelves in 2023.

Heather is represented by Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists

Honours and awards for Runs with the Stars / Wiijibibamatoon-Anangoonan


“I discovered the story of this Indigenous-bred horse when Ontario Parks asked me to write a blog post about the annual Ponies in the Park event at Quetico Provincial Park. Wild ponies that once ran in the forest like deer? I was hooked.”

“I learned about the ponies, about their past, about their role in the Indigenous Heritage program at Grey Raven Ranch. And the more I learned, the more I knew I had to see them for myself.”

Where is Quetico Provincial Park? Outside Atikokan, 2 hours west of Thunder Bay.


“Debut author Whitecrow (Ojibwe and Dakota) and O’Connor (Fast Friends) weave a history of wild-roaming Ojibwe horses around western Lake Superior with the intergenerational story of an Ojibwe seven-year-old.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Moving, meditative, and a great way to talk to children about the natural world. A powerful addition to the picture book landscape.” ~ Open Book Canada

Entertaining and touching.” ~ The Miramichi Reader

Media kit backgrounder on the Ojibwe Horse

Runs with the Stars tells the story of the Ojibwe Horse, a small, resilient Indigenous-bred horse that once roamed wild in the boreal forests of northwestern Ontario and northern Minnesota. In 1977, when the government announced plans to destroy the last four ponies living in the woods surrounding Lac La Croix First Nation, the horses were spirited across the border to safety. Breeders in Canada and the U.S. have worked hard to help the breed recover to its present-day population of about 175.

The Ontario Parks blog post that started it all

My Canadian Encyclopedia entry about the Ojibwe Horse (Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony)

Video content (also available in 4K)

Ken McDonald of the Ojibwe Horse Society interviews Heather, Darcy, and Dr. Kimberlee Campbell

Media kit photos for Runs with the Stars

Darcy Whitecrow and Ojibwe Horses at Quetico (photo credit: Ontario Parks) 

Three people admire an Ojibwe Horse. One of them pets the horse.