ERIC Resource List
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.
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:
Harjo, Joy. (2000). The
Good Luck Cat. Harcourt Brace (Grades: P-3).
Hunter, Sara Hoagland.
(1996). The Unbreakable Code. Northland (Grades: 2-3).
(1991). Bird Talk. Sister Vision (Grades: P-K).
(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
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:
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
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
Nonfiction Books about
Contemporary Native American People
Allen, Ashley (Ed.).
(1997). We Are All Related: A Celebration of Our Cultural Heritage.
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 &
Gravelle, Karen. (1997). Growing
Up Where the Partridge Drums Its Wings. Franklin Watts.
(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.
(1997). Fort Chipewyan Homecoming: A Journey to Native Canada.
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.
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
Bruchac, Joseph. (1995). The
Story of the Milky Way. Dial Books for Young Readers (Grades: K-1).
(1994). Coyote & the Winnowing Birds. Clear Light (Grades:
Stroud, Virginia. (1994). Doesn't
Fall Off His Horse. Dial Books for Young Readers (Grades: K-1).
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
Johnson, Diane Hamm.
(1997). Daughter of Suqua. Albert Whitman & Co. (Grades:
(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
Nonfiction Books about the
Boarding School Experience
Child, Brenda. (2000). Boarding
School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940. Bison Books
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
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
World Wide Web Resources about
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.
This extensive site
contains an especially useful "Native Books" section.
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.
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
University of Illinois at
Children's Research Center, 51 Gerty Drive, Champaign, IL 61820-7469
(217) 333-1386; (800) 583-4135; fax (217) 333-3767
This list republished on this site with
the permission of Debbie Reese, creator of the list. Additions and edits to the list are in red.
Debbie A. Reese (Nambé Pueblo)
Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Native American House, Room 2005
1204 West Nevada Street, MC-138
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Internet Resource & Blog: http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/
Native American House: http://www.nah.uiuc.edu.
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