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Native Americans: Recommended Books and Resources

September 2000, updated 2005

Fiction Books about Contemporary Native American People

Andrews, Jan. (1998). Very Last First Time. Aladdin (Grades: P-2).

Bruchac, Joseph. (1993). Fox Song. Philomel Books (Grades: 2-3).

Bruchac, Joseph. (1996). Eagle Song. Dial (Grades: 4-6).

Bruchac, Joseph. (1998). Heart of a Chief. Dial (Grades: 4-6).

Bruchac, Joseph.  (2004) Hidden Roots.  Scholastic.

Brynjolson, Rhian. (1996). Foster Baby. Pemmican Publications (Grades: P-K).

Children of LaLoche & Friends. (1990). Byron through the Seasons. Fifth House Ltd. (Grades: K-1).

Dorris, Michael. (1998). The Window. Hyperion (Grades: 4-8).

Erdrich, Louise. (1999). Grandmother's Pigeon. Hyperion (Grades: P-3).

Eyvindson, Peter. (1984). Kyle's Bath. Pemmican Publications (Grades: P-K).

Eyvindson, Peter. (1988). Chester Bear, Where Are You? Pemmican Publications (Grades: P-K).

Hale, Janet Campbell. (1998). The Owl's Song. University of New Mexico Press (Grades: HS).

Harjo, Joy. (2000). The Good Luck Cat. Harcourt Brace (Grades: P-3).

Hunter, Sara Hoagland. (1996). The Unbreakable Code. Northland (Grades: 2-3).

Keeshig-Tobias, Lenore. (1991). Bird Talk. Sister Vision (Grades: P-K).

Keeshig-Tobias, Lenore. (1997). Emma and the Trees. Sister Vision (Grades: P-K).

Kusugak, Michael. (1993). Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails. Annick Press Ltd. (Grades: 2-3).

Kusugak, Michael. (1996). My Arctic 1, 2, 3. Annick Press Ltd. (Grades: P-K).

Lacapa, Kathleen & Michael. (1994). Less Than Half, More Than Whole. Northland (Grades: 1-2).

McDonald, Megan. (1997). Tundra Mouse. Orchard Books (Grades: K-1).

Montour, Joel. (1996). Cloudwalker: Contemporary Native American Stories. Fulcrum (Grades: 4-6).

Munsch, Robert. (1989). A Promise Is a Promise. Annick Press Ltd. (Grades: 1-3).

Sanderson, Esther. (1990). Two Pairs of Shoes. Pemmican Publications (Grades: P-K).

Savageau, Cheryl. (1996). Muskrat Will Be Swimming. Northland (Grades: 2-3).

Scott, Ann Herbert. (1992). On Mother's Lap. Clarion (Grades: P-K).

Smith, Cynthia. (2000). Jingle Dancer. Morrow Junior (Grades: P-3).

Smith, Cynthia (2001) Rain Is Not My Indian Name.  HarperCollins (Grades 6-10)

Smith, Cynthia (2002) Indian Shoes.  HarperCollins (Grades 4-7)

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. (1993). The Chichi Hoohoo Bogeyman. University of Nebraska Press (Grades: 4-6).

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. (1993). When Thunders Spoke. University of Nebraska Press (Grades: 4-6).

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. (1995). High Elk's Treasure. Holiday House (Grades: 4-6).

Tapahonso, Luci. (1999). Songs of Shiprock Fair. Kiva (Grades: P-3).

Vanasse, Deb. (1997). A Distant Enemy. Lodestar (Grades: 4-8).

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. (1998). Morning on the Lake. Kids Can Press (Grades P-3).

Wallis, Velma. (1994). Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival. Harperperennial (Grades: HS).

Wheeler, Bernelda. (1995). Where Did You Get Your Moccasins? Peguis Publications (Grades: P-K).

Wheeler, Bernelda. (1993). I Can't Have Bannock but the Beaver Has a Dam. Peguis Publications (Grades: P-K).

Whitethorne, Baje. (1994). Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun. Northland (Grades: 1-2).

Nonfiction Books about Contemporary Native American People

Allen, Ashley (Ed.). (1997). We Are All Related: A Celebration of Our Cultural Heritage. Polestar Press.

Ancona, George. (1995). Earth Daughter: Alicia of Acoma Pueblo. Macmillan.

Braine, Susan. (1995). Drumbeat--Heartbeat: A Celebration of the Powwow. Lerner Pub.

Bruchac, Joseph.  (2001) Bowman's Store: A Journey to Myself.  Lee & Low.

Crum, Robert. (1994). Eagle Drum: On the Powwow Trail with a Young Grass Dancer. Simon & Schuster.

Gravelle, Karen. (1997). Growing Up Where the Partridge Drums Its Wings. Franklin Watts.

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. (1991). Pueblo Storyteller. Holiday House.

Hubbard, Jim. (1994). Shooting Back from the Reservation. New Press.

Hucko, Bruce. (1996). Where There Is No Name for Art. School of American Research Press.

King, Sandra. (1993). Shannon: An Ojibway Dancer. Lerner Pub.

Krull, Kathleen. (1995). One Nation, Many Tribes: How Kids Live in Milwaukee's Indian Community. Lodestar.

Mercredi, Morningstar. (1997). Fort Chipewyan Homecoming: A Journey to Native Canada. Lerner Pub.

Ortiz, Simon. (1994). The People Shall Continue. Children's Book Press.

Peters, Russell M. (1992). Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition. Lerner Pub.

Regguinti, Gordon. (1992). The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering. Lerner Pub.

Rendon, Marcie. (1996). Powwow Summer: A Family Celebrates the Circle of Life. Carolrhoda Books.

Roessel, Monty. (1995). Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave. Lerner Pub.

Rose, LaVera. (1998). Grandchildren of the Lakota. Carolrhoda.

Swentzell, Rina. (1992). Children of Clay: A Family of Pueblo Potters. Lerner Pub.

Thompson, Sheila. (1991). Cheryl's Potlatch. Yinka Dene Language Institute.

Wood, Ted. (1992). A Boy Becomes a Man at Wounded Knee. Walker and Company.

Folktales Told from a Contemporary Perspective

Bruchac, Joseph. (1995). The Story of the Milky Way. Dial Books for Young Readers (Grades: K-1).

Sekaquaptewa, Eugene. (1994). Coyote & the Winnowing Birds. Clear Light (Grades: P-K).

Stroud, Virginia. (1994). Doesn't Fall Off His Horse. Dial Books for Young Readers (Grades: K-1).

Talashoema, Hershel; Sekaquaptw, Emory (Ed.); & Pepper, Barbara (Ed.). (1994). Coyote & Little Turtle. Clear Light. (Grades: P-K).

Walking Turtle, Eagle. (1997). Full Moon Stories. Hyperion (Grades: 3-6).

Fiction Books about the Boarding School Experience

Johnson, Diane Hamm. (1997). Daughter of Suqua. Albert Whitman & Co. (Grades: 4-6).

Quoyawayma, Polingaysi. (1964). No Turning Back. A Hopi Indian Woman's Struggle to Live in Two Worlds. University of New Mexico Press (Grades: 6-8).

Sterling, Shirley. (1997). My Name is Seepeetza. Douglas & McIntyre (Grades: 4-6).

Nonfiction Books about the Boarding School Experience

Child, Brenda. (2000). Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940. Bison Books Corporation.

Ellis, Clyde. (1996). To Change Them Forever: Indian Education at the Rainy Mountain Boarding School, 1893-1920. University of Oklahoma Press.

Hyer, Sally. (1990). One House, One Voice, One Heart: Native American Education at the Santa Fe Indian School. Museum of New Mexico Press.

Lomawaima, K. Tsianina. (1994). They Called It Prairie Light. University of Nebraska Press.

Parker, Dorothy R. (1996). Phoenix Indian School: The Second Half Century. University of Arizona Press.

Reviews of Native American Books

Prepared by the staff and studnets associatted with the Indian Teacher & Educational Personnel Program at Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, California 95521-8299.  Reviews

World Wide Web Resources about Native Americans

Internet Public Library: Native American Authors

This site provides a list of Native American authors. There is a short biography for each author and a list of published works.

Native American Indian Resources

This extensive site contains an especially useful "Native Books" section.

Native American Resources on the Internet

This site contains an extensive set of links sorted into categories such as Culture, Language, History, Education, Music, Art, and Books.

Native American Sites on the World Wide Web

This site is maintained by a mixed-blood Mohawk urban Indian. She has included an extensive set of links to tribal home pages and indicates with a drum symbol those sites that are maintained by the tribe itself or a Native American of that tribe. She also includes links to Native organizations and Native-owned businesses and a calendar of events.

This site is useful for finding literature about Native Americans written by Native Americans.


Oyate is an organization known for the quality of its teacher workshops and books, tapes, posters, and curriculum materials. Oyate is also recognized for its critical reviews of children's books.

Professional Resources

Hirschfelder, Arlene; Molin, Paulette Fairbanks; & Wakim, Yvonne. (1999). American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children. Scarecrow Press.

Reese, Debbie A., & Caldwell-Wood, Naomi. (1997). Native Americans in Children's Literature. In V. J. Harris (Ed.), Using Multiethnic Literature in the K-8 Classroom. Christopher Gordon, Inc.

Slapin, Beverly, & Seale, Doris. (1998). Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children. University of California American Indian Studies Center.

Originally published on the Eric Clearinghouse site at
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