10 Native American books for children

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November is Native American Heritage Month. Immerse yourself in their stories of joy and cultural pride through these colorful and inspiring #ownvoices books for all age groups.

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This beautiful bedtime poem describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all arctic animals. This book is told by a mother addressing her own little “Kulu,” a loving term in Inuktitut.

First laugh – Welcome, baby by Rose Ann Tahe, Nancy Bo Flood and Jonathan Nelson

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The First Laughter Ceremony is a celebration organized to welcome a new member of the community. As everyone tries to elicit the happy sound of Baby, readers are introduced to the details of Navajo life.

Fried bread: a Native American family story by Kevin Noble Maillard

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Learn about the Native American tradition of making fried bread.

Pow-wow by Brenda J. Child

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Windy Girl dreams of attending a special powwow where the participants are dogs. In this magical dream, she sees a visiting drum group, traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers.

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Alida, the daughter of a Taino chief, lives in paradise and meets a boy from the opposing tribe. A tale of the Taino legend of the birth of the hummingbird, this story brings an ancient culture and a young love to life.

We are water protectors by Carole Lindstrom

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Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We are water protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to protect Earth’s water from damage and corruption.

The children of the longhouse by Joseph Bruchac

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Follow the story of 11-year-old twin Mohawk children who must find their way to peace with neighboring tribes.

The Beaver Sign by Elizabeth George Speare

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In this Newbery Honor book, a 13-year-old boy struggles to survive alone in the wilderness of 18th-century Maine. Soon he meets Attean, a boy from the beaver tribe.

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After learning at a boarding school that Navajo is an unnecessary language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during WWII in their native languages.

If I ever get out of here by Eric Bansworth

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Lewis “Shoe” Blake, a seventh grade student from the Tuscarora Reservation, has a new friend, George Haddonfield, but in 1975 in upstate New York, there was a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and whites.


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