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Native American history, culture, and stories for children and teens.


When We Are Kind / Nihá'ádaahwiinít'íigo Cover Image
By Monique Gray Smith, Nicole Neidhardt (Illustrator), Mildred Walters (Translator)
ISBN: 9781459827530
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 13th, 2020

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages.

When the Shadbush Blooms Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643792019
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 26th, 2020

A young Lenape Indian girl observes and reflects on the small, important ways her family today, and her ancestors generations before, celebrate the cycle of seasons.

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We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Water is the first medicine.
It affects and connects us all . . .

Nibi Is Water/Nibi Aawon Nbiish Cover Image
ISBN: 9781772601329
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Published: Second Story Press - April 14th, 2020

People Shall Continue Cover Image
By Simon J. Ortiz, Sharol Graves (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780892391257
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Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - October 9th, 2017

Told in the rhythms of traditional oral narrative, this powerful telling of the history of the Native/Indigenous peoples of North America recounts their story from Creation to the invasion and usurpation of Native lands. As more and more people arrived, The People saw that the new men did not respect the land.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

“A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff.” —The New York Times Book Review

When We Were Alone Cover Image
By David A. Robertson, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781553796732
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Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2017

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family?

In My Anaana's Amautik Cover Image
By Nadia Sammurtok, Lenny Lishchenko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781772272529
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Published: Inhabit Media - April 7th, 2020

"The far north has never felt so deliciously warm." --Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will carry this gorgeous book close to their hearts."--School Library Journal
"Just right for bedtime, it's an intimate tale that celebrates simple warmth and comfort."--Publishers Weekly

May We Have Enough to Share Cover Image
ISBN: 9781459816244
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 1st, 2019

Award-winning author Richard Van Camp wrote this book to express his gratitude for all that surrounds him and his family. The strength of their connections, the nature that provides for them, the love that is endless.

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580897723
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 4th, 2018

2019 Sibert Honor Book
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads
2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018

2018 JLG selection
2019 Reading the West Picture Book Award

The Girl and the Wolf Cover Image
By Katherena Vermette, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781926886541
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Published: Theytus Books - February 5th, 2019

While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her.

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning History for Young People #2) Cover Image
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jean Mendoza (Adapted by), Debbie Reese (Adapted by)
ISBN: 9780807049396
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Published: Beacon Press - July 23rd, 2019

2020 American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People,selected by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council

I Can Make This Promise Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062871992
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 1st, 2019

In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity.

Birdsong Cover Image
By Julie Flett, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781771644730
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Published: Greystone Kids - October 8th, 2019

An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title

A Best Book of the Year in Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Horn Book

A 2020 Boston Globe--Horn Book Award Honor Title

Kiss by Kiss / Ocêtôwina: A Counting Book for Families Cover Image
ISBN: 9781459816213
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - September 18th, 2018

One kiss, two kiss, three kiss, four So many kisses and so many more. From bestselling author Richard Van Camp comes a delightful counting book that honors families and can be used to praise your little ones as they learn to count. Ten kisses from your sweet baby might not be enough to get you through this adorable book, so you'll just have to read it over and over

Nibi Emosaawdang/The Water Walker Cover Image
By Joanne Robertson, Shirley Williams (Translator), Isadore Toulouse (Translator)
ISBN: 9781772601008
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Published: Second Story Press - September 17th, 2019

The story of the determined Ojibwe Nokomis (grandmother) Josephine Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect water for future generations and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men and youth, have walked the perimeter of the Great Lakes and along the banks of numerous rivers and lakes.

Swift Fox All Along Cover Image
By Rebecca Lea Thomas, Maya McKibbin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781773214481
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Published: Annick Press - September 8th, 2020

What does it mean to be Mi'kmaq? And if Swift Fox can't find the answer, will she ever feel like part of her family?

Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock (Debwe #1) Cover Image
By Dallas Hunt, Amanda Strong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781553797791
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Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2019

During an unfortunate mishap, young Aw sis loses K hkum's freshly baked world-famous bannock. Not knowing what to do, Aw sis seeks out a variety of other-than-human relatives willing to help. What adventures are in store for Aw sis?

Tanna's Owl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781772272505
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Published: Inhabit Media - January 28th, 2020

When Tanna's father brings home an abandoned owl, she is not eager to take care of the needy, ugly little bird. Tanna must wake at 4:00 a.m. to catch food for the owl. She must feed it, clean up after it, all while avoiding its sharp, chomping beak and big, stomping talons. After weeks of following her father's instructions on how to care for the owl, Tanna must leave home for school.

Crazy Horse's Vision Cover Image
By Joseph Bruchac, S. Nelson (Illustrator)
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.

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*

*Skipping Stones Book Award for Exceptional Multicultural and Nature/Ecology Books*

*Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Prose - Children's Literature)*

*Wordcraft Circle Mentor of the Year*

#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women Cover Image
By Charleyboy (Editor), Leatherdale (Editor)
ISBN: 9781554519576
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Published: Annick Press - September 12th, 2017

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman.

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices Cover Image
By Lisa Charleyboy (Editor), Mary Beth Leatherdale (Editor)
ISBN: 9781554516865
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Published: Annick Press - March 22nd, 2016

Whether discussing the transformative power of art or music, the lasting trauma of residential schools, growing up poor, or achieving success, the contributors to this remarkable anthology all have something in common: a rich Native heritage that has informed who they are.

The First Strawberries Cover Image
By Joseph Bruchac (Retold by), Anna Vojtech (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140564099
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Published: Puffin Books - June 1st, 1998

From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be.

Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife's retreat. Luminous paintings perfectly complement this simple, lyrical text. 

Jingle Dancer Cover Image
By Cynthia L. Smith, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780688162412
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Published: Heartdrum - April 5th, 2000

The affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.

Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem—how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?

For a Girl Becoming (Sun Tracks  #66) Cover Image
By Joy Harjo, Mercedes McDonald (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780816527977
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Published: University of Arizona Press - October 15th, 2009

Transformative moments in the cycle of life are a time for acknowledgment, a chance to guide a child’s path in a positive and loving direction.

Swirling images laden with both myth and personal meaning illustrate this unique, poetic tale of the joys and lessons of a girl’s journey through birth, youth, and finally adulthood.

Sweetest Kulu (English) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781772271119
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Published: Inhabit Media - April 6th, 2016

"Dream a little, Kulu, this world now sings a most beautiful song of you."

This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.

Wild Berries Cover Image
By Julie Flett, Earl N. Cook (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781897476895
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Published: Simply Read Books - October 8th, 2013

Tch, tch, sh, sh, tup, tup.

You Hold Me Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781459814479
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 31st, 2017

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their everyday actions.

We Sang You Home Cover Image
By Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781459811782
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 18th, 2016

In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhythmic text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world. A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones.

Cradle Me (Navajo/English) Cover Image
By Debby Slier, Various Photographers (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781595727213
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Published: Star Bright Books - October 1st, 2015

The rich Native American tradition of carrying babies safely, comfortably and close to their mothers in cradle boards endures to this day. Cradle Me celebrates Native American families and shows how they carry their babies.

Bowwow Powwow Cover Image
By Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator), Gordon Jourdain (Translator)
ISBN: 9781681340777
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 1st, 2018

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself-about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom Cover Image
By Tim Tingle, Jeanne Rorex Bridges (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781933693200
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - April 1st, 2008

When it was first published, Crossing Bok Chitto took readers by surprise. This moving and original story about the intersection of Native and African Americans received starred reviews and many awards, including being named an ALA Notable Children's Book and a Jane Addams Honor Book.

A Coyote Columbus Story Cover Image
By Thomas King, William Kent Monkman (Illustrator)
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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.

Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock Cover Image
ISBN: 9781723305689
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 8th, 2018

At the not-so-tender age of 8, Aslan arrived in North Dakota to help stop a pipeline.

The Birchbark House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780786814541
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - June 3rd, 2002

"[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children's stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at 'them' as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her family's history, wants to tell about 'us', from the inside.

Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Imagine an America very similar to our own. It's got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.

Hearts Unbroken Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536213133
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

Winner of an American Indian Youth Literature Award

New York Times
best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith turns to realistic fiction with the thoughtful story of a Native teen navigating the complicated, confusing waters of high school — and first love.

The Marrow Thieves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770864863
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Published: Dancing Cat Books - May 10th, 2017

Winner of 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
Winner of 2017 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2018 Sunburst Award
Winner of the 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award

Winner of the 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and M?tis Young Adult Literature

This Place: 150 Years Retold Cover Image
ISBN: 9781553797586
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Published: Highwater Press - April 30th, 2019

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance (Orca Origins #7) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781459812345
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - April 21st, 2020

★ "Clearly organized and educational--an incredibly useful tool for both school and public libraries." --School Library Journal, starred review

Apple: (Skin to the Core) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646140138
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Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020

How about a book that makes you barge into your boss's office to read a page of poetry from? That you dream of? That every movie, song, book, moment that follows continues to evoke in some way?

The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside."

The Brave Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250247759
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 30th, 2020

Perfect for fans of Rain Reign, this middle-grade novel The Brave is about a boy with an OCD issue and his move to a reservation to live with his biological mother.

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ISBN: 9780062869944
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Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735266100
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Published: Puffin Canada - September 8th, 2020

Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

From the Roots Up Cover Image
By Tasha Spillett, Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781553798989
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Published: Highwater Press - October 27th, 2020

Dez and Miikwan's stories continue in this sequel to Surviving the City. Dez's grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she's living in a group home. On top of everything else, Dez is navigating a new relationship and coming into her identity as a two-spirit person.