Native American Children’s Literature -- READING LIST

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Native American Children’s Literature

 

Debbie Reese, Ph.d., is an enrolled member of Nambé Pueblo and the curator of the Native American Children’s Literature Recommended Reading list. Dr. Reese is an expert in the field of Native children’s literature, an educator, and has served on many national literacy boards. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Dr. Reese is the editor and publisher of the “American Indians in Children’s Literature”   http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.net

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING LIST BOOKS FOR HEAD START AND PRESCHOOL
 

Baby Learns About Colors
by Beverly Blacksheep (Navajo)
(Salina Bookshelf, 2003)
 

 

Wild Berries
by Julie Flett (Cree-Métis)
(Simply Read Books, 2013)
 

Boozhoo: Come Play With Us
by Deanna Himango (Ojibwe) (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior
(Chippewa, 2002)
 

Sweetest Kulu
by Celina Kalluk (Inuit)
(Inhabit Media, Inc., 2014)
 

Cradle Me
Photos in book provided by Native families
and edited by Debby Slier.
(Star Bright Books 2012)
 

My Heart Fills With Happiness
by Monique Gray
Smith (Cree, Lakota and Scottish)
(Orca Book Publishing, 2016)

 

BOOKS FOR EARLY ELEMENTARY GRADES (K-3)
 

Hungry Johnny
by Cheryl Minnema (Ojibwe)
(Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014)
 

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
by Robbie Robertson (Mohawk)
(Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015)
 

Chukfi Rabbit’s Big Bad Bellyache:
A Trickster Tale
by Greg Rodgers (Choctaw)
(Cinco Puntos Press, 2014)
 

Jingle Dancer
by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee (Creek)
(Morrow Junior Books, 2000)
 

Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story
by Donald Uluadluak (Inuit)
(Inhabit Media, 2012)
 

SkySisters
by Jan Bourdeau Waboose (Ojibwe)
(Kids Can Press, 2000)


BOOKS FOR MIDDLE GRADES (4-7)
 

Hidden Roots
by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)
(Scholastic, 2004)
 

The Birchbark House
by Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
(Hyperion Books for Children, 1999)
 

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
by Joseph Marshall III (Sicangu Lakota)
(Amulet Books, 2015)
 

Son Who Returns
by Gary Robinson (Choctaw/Cherokee)
(7th Generation, 2014)
 

Indian Shoes
by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee (Creek)
(HarperCollins, 2002)
 

How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story
by Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
(Roadrunner Press, 2015)


BOOKS FOR HIGH SCHOOL (8-12)
 

The Absolutely True Diary
of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene)
(Little Brown, 2007)
 

Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today
A collection of stories by Native writers
edited by Lori Marie Carlson
(HarperCollins, 2005)
 

If I Ever Get Out of Here
by Eric Gansworth (Onondaga)
(Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013)
 

The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel
by Drew Hayden Taylor (Ojibway)
(Annick Press, 2007)
 

House of Purple Cedar
by Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
(Cinco Puntos Press, 2014)
 

The Lesser Blessed: A Novel
by Richard Van Camp (Dogrib)
(Douglas & McIntyre, 2004)

 

COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
 

We Speak in Secret
by Roy Boney (Cherokee)
(INC Comics, 2014)
 

Trickster: Native American Tales,
A Graphic Collection
A collection of stories written by Native
authors edited by Matt Dembicki
(Fulcrum Books, 2010)
 

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics
Collection, Volume
A collection written by Native authors
edited by Hope Nicholson
(Alternative History Comics, 2015)
 

Super Indian Volume One
by Arigon Starr (Kickapoo)
(Wacky Productions, 2012)
 

Super Indian Volume Two
by Arigon Starr (Kickapoo)
(Wacky Productions, 2015)
 

Captain Paiute: Indigenous
Defender of the Southwest
by Theo Tso (Las Vegas Paiute Tribe)
(War Paint Studios, 2015)
 

A Blanket of Butterflies
by Richard Van Camp (Dogrib)
(Highwater Press, 2016)

 


 

 

 

 


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