Native Languages of the Americas: American Indian Children's Books and Literature
This page is our collection of links to good books for kids by Indian authors or about Indian topics.
If you would like to recommend a Native American book for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please contact us telling us why.
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consider buying it during the same session so we get credit for it. Thanks, and happy reading!
Arrow Over The Door:
Historical fiction chapter book about a friendship between Quaker and Native American teenagers during the American Revolutionary War.
My Name Is Sepeetza:
This is a moving book by a Native American author based on her experiences at residential school, a kind of boarding
school that Indian children in both the US and Canada used to be forced to attend. These schools were notorious for neglect
and abuse, but this particular book doesn't describe any graphic abuses and is appropriate for older grade-schoolers.
Muskrat Will Be Swimming:
This book is about a modern Native American girl learning to be proud of her heritage and ignore kids who tease her.
The writing is good but simple-- even the youngest grade-school kids could enjoy this book.
Crossing the Starlight Bridge:
Story of a nine-year-old Native American girl struggling to keep her culture after her parents' divorce forces her to leave the reservation.
Night of the Full Moon:
Historical fiction about two girls (one Potawatomi, one white) trying to escape from a forced relocation westward.
And a few really good Native American books for teens and advanced readers
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West:
A powerful and highly informative history book from 1971 that showed the Native American side of the "Indian Wars"
to the public for the first time. This book is about a violent time in history and would be difficult for younger kids,
but very good for teens with good critical thinking skills.