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Recommendations and Sources for Native Children's Books

(Updated January 2, 2018)

  • A Critical Bibliography on North American Indians, for K-12 Smithsonian Institution
  • Recommended American Indian Children's Books 2006 List
  • American Indian Children's Literature Debbie Reese, University of Illinois
  • American Indian Library Association: American Indian Youth Literature Award Books
  • American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Booklist Colorin colorado
  • Recommendations for Native Children's Books 1992 List
  • Indian Reading Series 140 K-6 Stories with Teachers' Guides
  • A Gathering of Readers An online celebration of indigenous chldren's reading and culture
  • Native American Children's Literature Recommended List, First Nations Development Institute
  • Salina Bookshelf Navajo and Hopi children's books, some are bilingual.
  • Oyate Reviews & Recommendations of Indian Children's Books

  • Book Stores Specializing in American Indian Books
  • Cover of Horse Raid

    Featured Children's Books

    Wisdom Tales Press has reissued Paul Goble's Horse Raid: Making of a Warrior (originally titled Lone Bull's Horse Raid) with a new Foreword by Joseph Bruchac. Based on actual accounts of Plains Indian horse raiding, Goble provides a beautifully illustrated first person account of how, helped by his grandfather, a fourteen-year-old Oglala Sioux boy goes on his first raid to capture horses from the neighboring Crow Tribe. While horse theft could be considered controversial, it was participated in by all the Plains tribes as a way to demonstrate bravery and daring and to acquire wealth, which was measured by how many horses a person had. Upon returning to the village successfully, the raiders showed their generosity by giving away the horses they had acquired. Bruchac's Foreword and the Goble's Introduction place the story in the context of the relatively brief time after the Plains Indians acquired horses from the Spanish and before settlers from the east overran their lands and put an end to raiding.

    Cover of Children of Native America Today

    "What does it mean to grow up Native American? There's a lot going on, and you won't read about it in a history book. Children of Native America Today includes some of the 500 Native nations and culture groups living in the United States, each with its own special heritage. Native American chldren live in the Florida Everglades, the Iowa plains, the Alaskan islands, and large cities. From traditonal Native games, dancing, and art, to baseball, snowmobiling, and Web page design, they lead active lives. Many speak a Native language along with English."

    "Bright color photographs in Children of Native America Today highlight the richness and diversity of Native lands, cultures, and daily life. A portion of the proceeds of this book are donated to the Global Fund for Children to support community-based programs for Native American children throughout the United States."

    This book can be purchased from the Global Fund for Children. They also have a companion volume Children of the U.S.A. that includes American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hawaiian children.

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