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Native American Recommended Books
Picture Books, Juvenile Fiction, Non Fiction, Young Adult
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PICTURE BOOKS

Bruchac, Joseph
Crazy Horse’s Vision (Lakota)
The Boy Who Lived With the Bears: And Other Iroquois Stories
Turtle's Race With Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story [cooperation and humility]
Buffalo Song (Ages 6-9) [The story of Salish Indian Walking Coyote and his efforts to save the vanishing buffalo herds from extinction in the United States during the 1870s and 1880s.]

Chanen, Michael
The Chief’s Blanket (Navajo)

Goble, Paul
Love Flute
Beyond the Ridge
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Adopted by the Eagles: A Plains Indian Story of Friendship and Treachery
Remaking the Earth: A Creation Story from the Great Plains of North America
The Return of the Buffaloes
The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman
Iktomi and the Coyote: A Plains Indian Story
Iktomi and the Buzzard: A Plains Indian Story

McDermott, Gerald
Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale

Martin, Rafe
The Rough-Faced Girl (Algonquin)

Medearis, Angela
Dancing With the Indians (1930s Seminole)

Mitchell, Barbara
Red Bird (Nanticoke pow wow, contemporary)

Smith, Cynthia Leitch
Jingle Dancer (contemporary pow wow)
Indian Shoes [grandfather/grandson relationship]

Tingle, Tim
Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light - Tim Tingle tells the story of his family's move from Oklahoma Choctaw country to Pasadena, Texas. Spanning fifty years, Saltypie describes the problems encountered by his Choctaw grandmother—from her orphan days at an Indian boarding school to hardships encountered in her new home on the Texas Gulf Coast. Biography. Ages 6-10

JUVENILE FICTION

Bruchac, Joseph
The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy, Trail of Tears, 1838
Children of the Longhouse
The Heart of a Chief (Penacock, contemporary)
Hidden Roots [Abenaki Indians/Eugenics Project-Vermont Sterilization Bill of 1931]

Creech, Sharon [See Newbery]
Walk Two Moons

Creel, Ann Howard
Water at the Blue Earth (19th c. Ute)

Jane Lousise Curry (compiler)
The Wonderful Sky Boat: And Other Native American Tales of the Southeast (Ages 8-12)
Hold Up the Sky: And Other Native American Tales from Texas and the Southern Plains (Ages 8-12)

Dewey, Jennifer O.
Navajo Summer

Dorris, Michael
Sees Behind Trees (19th c. Northeast)
Morning Girl (Taino- 1492)
Guests (17th c. Wampanoag)

Durrant, Lynda
The Beaded Moccasins: The Story of Mary Campbell (18th c. Lenape/Delaware)
Echohawk (18th c. Mohican)

Erdrich, Louise
Birchbark House (19th c. Ojibwa) (Ages 8-12)
The Game of Silence (Book Two)
The Porcupine Year (Book Three)

George, Jean Craighead [See Newbery]
Julie of the Wolves (Inuit)

Keehn, Sally
Moon of Two Dark Horses (18th c. Lenape/Delaware)

Kirkpatrick, Katherine
Trouble's Daughter: The Story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive (18th c. Lenape/Delaware)

Matchek, Diane
The Sacrifice (18th c. Apsaalooka/Crow)

Martin, Nora
The Eagle’s Shadow (1940s Tlingit)

Moore, Robin
Maggie Among the Seneca

Pitts, Paul
Racing the Sun (Navajo)

Wyss, Thelma Hatch
Bear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl (ages 10-13)

NON FICTION

Brown, Tricia
Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska

Bruchac, Joseph
Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places (sacred sites)
Trail of Tears (Cherokee)
Squanto’s Journey
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path [A biography of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, focusing on how his boyhood education set the stage for his athletic achievements which gained him international fame and Olympic gold medals. Author's note details Thorpe's life after college.] (Ages 6-9)

Bragg, Lynn and Virgil Marchand
A River Lost (an alternative to Brother Moon, Sister Sky—a book based on a made up event.)

Caduto, Michael and Joseph Bruchac
Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children
Keepers of the Animals Teacher's Guide : Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children

Hungry Wolf, Beverly
Ways of My Grandmothers (Siksika/Blackfoot—crafts, tales, memories)

Kessel, Joyce
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving

Lelooska, Chief
Echoes of the Elders (Kwakiutl-Northwest)
Spirit of the Cedar People (Kwakiutl-Northwest)

Lourie, Peter
The Lost World of The Anasazi: Exploring The Mysteries Of Chaco Canyon
Everglades: Buffalo Tiger and the River of Grass

Maher, Ramona
Alice Yazzi’s Year (Navajo poems)

Ortiz, Simon
The People Shall Continue (overview)

Philip, Neil
The Great Mystery: Myths of Native America
The Great Circle: A History of the First Nations (Ages 10-14) - The Lakota holy man Black Elk often used the image of a circle or hoop when he spoke of the history of his people, stating that "the power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round." This chronicle of the principal Indian tribes in North America echoes that vision. Folklorist Neil Philip examines the shared experience of many of the First Nations, from their separate existences before whites arrived, to their years of struggle and heartbreak, to the present-day resurgence of their cultures. The attitudes of Native American leaders toward land, society, and spiritual matters are contrasted with those of their white contemporaries; photographs, personal testimony, eyewitness detail, and excerpts from speeches by leadersincluding Native American chiefs and holy men, and white politicians and military officersdocument the resulting cycles of misunderstanding and conflict based on differing world views. Drawing on the records of both white Americans and First Nations peoples, Neil Philip has created a carefully researched, compact account of Native American history that focuses not only on past injustices but also on the positive outlook for the future. Source notes, bibliography, index.

Rappaport, Doreen
We Are the Many: A Picture Book of American Indians [Ages 7-9]

Terry, Michael Badhand
Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village 1868

Yue, Charlotte and David
The Igloo
The Pueblo
The Tipi
The Wigwam and the Longhouse

Chelsea House Publications on Native American Tribes
Children’s Press True Books on Native American Tribes

YOUNG ADULT

Aaseng, Nathan
Navajo Code Talkers

Brown, Dee Alexander
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

Bruchac, Joseph
Sacajawea - Interpreter, peacemaker, and guide for the Corp of Discovery. Alternating - alternating points of view by Sacajawea and Clark. [PBS on Sacajawea] [Lesson Plan Gr. 3/4]
Pocahontas - drawn from the personal journals of John Smith. [Jamestown Rediscovery] [Lesson Plan Gr. 3/4]

Deloria, Ella Cara
Waterlily (Dakota)

Deloria, Vine, Jr.
Custer Died for Our Sins
Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact

Vine Deloria (Editor), Barbara Deloria (Editor), Kristen Foehner (Editor), Samuel Scinta (Editor), Sam Scinta
Spirit & Reason: The Vine Deloria, Jr., Reader


Updated: January 29, 2010