Children's Native American Books

Native American history and culture for children.

The Butterfly Dance: Tales of the People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780789201614
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Published: Abbeville Kids - April 1st, 2001

Third in the acclaimed Tales of the People series, this tale of a young girl's first Butterfly Dance captures the spirit of the Hopi culture.

Crazy Horse's Vision Cover Image
ISBN: 9781584302827
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 1st, 2002

Crazy Horse is among the best known Native American heroes. Yet many people do not know his boyhood name was Curly, inspired by his curly hair.

Pocahontas: Princess of the New World Cover Image
By Kathleen Krull, David Diaz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780802795540
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Walker & Company - March 20th, 2007

She was the favored daughter of the Chief of the Powhatan Indians, and a girl in motion; always laughing, teasing, and dancing. But from the moment John Smith and the colonists of Jamestown set foot into her world in 1607, her life would change forever. She soon became an ambassador and peace keeper between the Powhatan and the colonists.

Coyote in Love with a Star: Tales of the People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780789201621
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Published: Abbeville Kids - June 1st, 1998

Created with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Tales of the People is a series of children's books celebrating Native American culture with illustrations and stories by Indian artists and writers.

Gray Wolf's Search Cover Image
By Bruce Swanson, Fary Peterson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780977918317
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: 7th Generation - March 1st, 2007

In this wonderful original tale, a young boy is told by his uncle, the village shaman, that his role in their clan and tribe depends on his finding and getting to know a very important person. Gray Wolf journeys through the woods and seashore around his home and through the seasons for a full year in the course of his search.

A Coyote Columbus Story Cover Image
By Thomas King, William Kent Monkman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780888998309
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 1st, 2007

A trickster named Coyote rules her world, until a funny-looking stranger named Columbus changes her plans. Unimpressed by the wealth of moose, turtles, and beavers in Coyote's land, he'd rather figure out how to hunt human beings to sell back in Spain. Thomas King uses a bag of literary tricks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding Columbus's voyages.

Muskrat Will Be Swimming Cover Image
By Cheryl Savageau, Robert Hynes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780884482802
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - April 1st, 2006

*Notable Books For Children - Smithsonian*

All Our Relatives: Traditional Native American Thoughts about Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9780941532778
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Published: World Wisdom Books - September 1st, 2005

Through carefully chosen stories from the olden days and art that meticulously reflects traditional designs and colors, Goble provides wonderful insights into the spiritual life of the Plains Indians.

Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun: A Cherokee Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780873586948
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Published: Cooper Square Pub - June 1st, 1997

This wonderful story by a renowned storyteller explains how light was brought to the dark side of the world.

Sitting Bull Remembers Cover Image
By Ann Warren Turner, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060513993
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - August 21st, 2007

In this dark room,
in this place of fences, strange smells,
and men with yellow eyes
where finally I am caught
and cannot get free,
I close my eyes and am home again. . . .

Kiki's Journey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780892392148
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - April 1st, 2013

Kiki is a city girl who calls Los Angeles home. But home is also a place filled with expressions of her family's Tiwa Indian heritage. Her parents left the Taos Pueblo reservation long ago, and Kiki hasn't been back since she was a baby. She hardly even remembers what the Pueblo is like, until she returns with her parents during spring break.