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Children's Native American Books

Native American history and culture for children.

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 . . .

People Shall Continue Cover Image
By Simon Ortiz, Sharol Graves (Illustrator)
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

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)
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
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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)
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

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)
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
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)
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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)
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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.