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Books of Native American Interest

titles featuring Native American characters
or based upon Native tales

These titles have been selected to accurately reflect the current and past lives and histories of Native peoples.
If the author is native, his or her nation is listed behind the author's name. For comprehensive reviews of books to avoid, visit Oyate.

Young Adult
Pocahontas - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki

Juvenile Fiction
The Arrow Over the Door - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
The Dark Pond - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Sacajawea: The Story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Skeleton Man - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
The Warriors - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
The Winter People - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Guests - Michael Dorris, Modoc
Morning Girl - Michael Dorris, Modoc
Sees Behind Trees - Michael Dorris, Modoc
The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe
The Game of Silence - Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe
Aleutian Sparrow - Karen Hesse
Indian Shoes - Cynthia Leitich Smith, Muscogee Creek
Rain Is Not My Indian Name - Cynthia Leitich Smith, Muscogee Creek

Picture Books
Crazy Horse's Vision - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Grandmother's Pigeon - Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe
The Range Eternal - Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe
Adopted By the Eagles - Paul Goble
Beyond the Ridge - Paul Goble
Death of the Iron Horse - Paul Goble
Dream Wolf - Paul Goble
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses - Paul Goble
The Good Luck Cat - Joy Harjo, Creek
A Coyote Columbus Story - Thomas King, Cherokee
Less Than Half, More Than Whole - Kathleen Lacapa, Mohawk & Michael Lacapa, Apache-Hopi-Tewa
The Star People - S.D. Nelson, Lakota
Jingle Dancer - Cynthia Leitich Smith, Muscogee Creek
SkySisters - Jan Bourdeau Waboose, Ojibwe

Powwow - George Ancona, Maya
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West - Dee Brown
The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Navajo Long Walk: The Tragic Story of a Proud People's Forced March From Their Homeland - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Our Stories Remember: American Indian History, Culture & Values Through Storytelling - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes: A Tale of Bragging and Teasing - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki & James Bruchac, Abenaki
The Story of the Milky Way - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki & Gayle Ross, Cherokee
Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children - Michael J. Caduto & Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children - Michael J. Caduto & Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Hands of the Maya - Rachel Crandell
Unsung Heroes of World War II: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers - Deanne Durrett
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story - James Endredy
The Long March: The Choctaw's Gift to Irish Famine Relief - Mary-Louise Fitzpatrick
Crow Chief - Paul Goble
Her Seven Brothers - Paul Goble
Iktomi and the Ducks - Paul Goble
Alice Yazzie's Year - Ramona Maher
Grandma Maxine Remembers: A Native American Family Story - Ann Morris
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving - Catherine O'Neill Grace & Marge Bruchac, Abenaki
A Rainbow At Night: The World in Words and Pictures by Navajo Children - Bruce Hucko
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse - Peter Mathiessen
Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story - N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa
Gift Horse: A Lakota Story - S.D. Nelson, Lakota
The People Shall Continue - Simon Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo
Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home: A Story of the Navajo Long Walk - Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie, Navajo
Itse Selu: Cherokee Harvest Festival - Daniel Pennington, Cherokee
Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition - Russell M. Peters, Wampanoag
How Turtle's Back Was Cracked: A Traditional Cherokee Tale - Gayle Ross, Cherokee
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message - Chief Jake Swamp, Mohawk
American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings - Zitkala-Sa, Lakota

A Boy Called Slow - Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing - James Rumford

Short Stories
Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans - Arlene B. Hirschfelder & Beverly R. Singer, Santa Clara Pueblo

For Teachers, Librarians & Parents
available only through Interlibrary Loan
Native America In the 20th Century - Mary B. Davis, editor
How to Teach About American Indians: A Guide for the School Library Media Specialist - Karen D. Harvey with Lisa Harjo, Choctaw & Lynda Welborn
American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children: A Reader and Bibliography, second edition - Arlene Hirschfelder & Paulette Fairbanks Molin, Ojibwe & Yvonne Wakim, Cherokee
Native Americans Today: Resources and Activities for Educators Grades 4-8 - Arlene Hirschfelder & Yvonne Wakim, Cherokee
A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children - Doris Seale, Santee Cree & Beverly Slapin
Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children, fourth edition - Beverly Slapin & Doris Seale, Santee Cree
[third edition available in reference at Alvin Branch]

titles last updated July 1, 2006

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