Daniel W. Vandever

Daniel W. Vandever, (Navajo) from Haystack, NM is the Communications Director of Navajo Technical University where he also serves as an adjunct instructor. Vandever obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in Strategic Communication and his graduate degree from the University of New Mexico in Community and Regional Planning. In his free time, Vandever volunteers for the Rug Auction of Crownpoint, providing technical support, to help local weavers sell their rugs. Vandever comes from a long line of educators and is the grandson of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

Books by This Author

Fall in Line, Holden!

Drawing of children walking in a line, except for one kid in a blue shirt.
Age Level: 3-6

Fall in Line, Holden! follows Holden, a young Navajo Boy, through his day at boarding school. Although Holden is required to conform to a rigid schedule and strict standards of behavior, his internal life is filled with imagination and wonder. Whether he is in art class, the computer lab, or walking the hall to lunch, Holden's vivid imagination transforms his commonplace surroundings into a world of discovery and delight. Explore the world through Holden's eyes. Join him for the day, and celebrate the strong spirit of a boy who rises above the rules surrounding him.


Illustration of hot air balloon in desert
Illustrated by: Corey Begay
Age Level: 6-9

Herizon is a book dedicated to the author's nieces with the hope for a more inclusive, empowering future. The story details the journey of a young Diné girl as she helps her grandmother retrieve a flock of sheep aided by a magical scarf. Within the scarf’s powers is the ability to transform, which changes the girl and the world she knows.