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Recommendations and Sources for Native Children's Books

(Updated May 20, 2021)

  • A Critical Bibliography on North American Indians, for K-12 Smithsonian Institution 1996
  • 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
  • Indian Reading Series 140 K-6 Stories with Teachers' Guides
  • Salina Bookshelf Navajo and Hopi children's books, some are bilingual.
  • Oyate Reviews & Recommendations of Indian Children's Books
  • Recommended American Indian Children's Books 2006 List
  • Recommendations for Native Children's Books 1992 List

  • Book Stores Specializing in American Indian Books
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    Featured Children's Books

    Native Voices Books is the publisher of Tim Tingle's A Name Earned. "Bobby Byington needed to nearly die in order for his dad to finally stop drinking. Now that the Choctaw teen's father is sober, Bobby is able to experience the endearing side of his father. Unfortunately, Bobby's best friend and high school basketball teammate, a white boy named Lloyd Blanton, is caught in the middle of a domestic violence crisis when his alcoholic father is accused of assaulting his mother. Lloyd's father claims the incident was an accident, leaving Lloyd and the rest of the community to carry the weight of Mr. Blanton's denial and the consequences of his father's actions. Recalling his own past experience with an alcoholic father, Bobby attempts to console Lloyd, channeling their angst through the camaraderie they find on the basketball court. This story of friendship shows how a supportive Native American community comes together to support a wounded family, as Bobby is joined by his Cherokee friend Johnny and their Choctaw basketball coach. In Bobby and Lloyd, Tingle highlights the resilience that young people have as they navigate family challenges. What is most special is the bond that develops between Bobby and his father, a father-son relationship that defies the odds, depicting a healed father on the other side of sobriety. An empathetic story that any teen dealing with family alcoholism can connect to. (Fiction. 12-16)"
    --Kirkus Review

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    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.

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