KCLS Recommends: Children's - Native American Heritage
Annotation:(Choctaw) Ms. Possum organizes an everybody-work-together day with the promise of a meal and the best homemade butter ever. Greedy Chukfi Rabbit is too lazy to work. Ages 5 - 10.
Annotation:(Inuit) Two years ago, Margaret left her Arctic home for the outsiders' school. "Not my girl!" her mother says angrily, not recognizing the girl who left two years ago who has forgotten her language and people's ways. Based on a true story. Ages 6 - 10.
Annotation:(Lakota) Covers the life of Lakota-Oglala medicine man Black Elk, from his childhood vision to beware the "Wha-shi-choo," to his message of hope to his people, to his travels with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, to being injured at the Wounded Knee massacre.
Annotation:(Hidatsa/ Three Affiliated Tribes) Interweaving historical photographs with beautiful illustrations, Waheenee-wea tells a story of dramatic changes to the American people and it's landscape using Waheenee-wea's own writing to create a first person narrative.
Annotation:(Salish and Kootenai Tribes) Readers learn about the history and culture of the Jocko River and its meaning in Salish and Kootenai life, tradition, and religion. Ages 8- 12
Annotation:(Ojibwa) In 1866, Omakayas's son Chickadee is kidnapped by two ne'er-do-well brothers from his own tribe and must make a daring escape, forge unlikely friendships, and set out on an exciting and dangerous journey to get back home. Ages 7 – 12.
Annotation:A little girl leads Coyote and his friends to the mall. Coyote has never been to the mall before. He happily joins in the holiday rush by filling a shopping cart with stuff, only to discover that he has to have money to pay for them. Ages 4-9
Annotation:(Choctaw) In the 1800’s, a Choctaw girl befriends a slave boy from a Mississippi plantation across the great river and when she learns his mother has been sold, she helps his family cross the river to freedom. Ages 5-8
Annotation:A rich traditional collection of Native American stories from across North America. The northwest legends are from the Yakama, Salish and Wasco. Ages 7-12
Annotation:(Choctaw) A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from the only land its people had ever known, and how their journey to Oklahoma led him to become a ghost--one with the ability to help those he left behind. Ages 8 - 12
Annotation: (Seminole/Cherokee) Together with Grampa, Ray Halfmoon, a Seminole-Cherokee boy, finds creative and amusing solutions to life's challenges. Set in Chicago, this story is told in six stand alone chapters. Ages 7 – 12.
Annotation:(Muscogee/Creek) Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relations so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Ages 5-8
Annotation:(Cherokee) Jesse Smoke, a sixteen-year-old Cherokee, begins a journal in 1837 to record stories of his people and their difficulties as they face removal along the Trail of Tears. Ages 9-12
Annotation:(Inuit- Kivalliq) In The Legend of Lightning and Thunder, a traditional legend that has been told in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut for centuries, two siblings resort to stealing from their fellow villagers, and inadvertently introduce lightning and thunder into the world. Ages 6 - 10
Annotation:(Iroquois) A whimsical wintertime fable finds Rabbit using a traditional Iroquois drum and song to perform a snow dance, irritating his fellow creatures by causing incremental snowfall amounts well into the spring. Ages 3 – 7.
Annotation:(Sioux) Recounts the life of Zitkala-Sa (known as Redbird), a music teacher, composer, musician, author and public speaker who used her many talents to lobby for Native American rights. Ages 8 - 12
Annotation:(Choctaw) Tells of Tingle’s grandmother, Mawmaw, as an orphan at an Indian boarding school, the discrimination she encountered living in Texas, and finally the surgery that would restore her vision. Ages 5 – 12
Annotation:(Mohawk) After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange “great-uncle”, Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even her life. Ages 9-12
Annotation:(Lakota) This bilingual book written in English and Lakota tells the legend of how a young man through patience, learns to tame the wild horse and how this great gift is then taken away as a result of misuse. Ages 5 - 10.
Annotation:(Passamaquoddy) During the annual migration to their winter home, Baby Zoo Sap falls off the family bobsled and is protected by the animals until his loving father returns to find him. Ages 4-7
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“Native American Heritage” includes the people and culture of any of the many indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere. This includes indigenous people of North, Central, South and Island America. In this booklist we will consider children’s literature that includes the experience of fully, bi- and multi- racial people of Native American descent; people with tribal citizenship as well as those who, for whatever reason do not have legal tribal status. To the best of our ability, we will strive to minimize misrepresentation of the indigenous experience and to consider Native reviewers as a fundamental resource. For the most part, books for this list should be written from a Native American perspective and by Native American authors. Books on this booklist should portray both past and present Native American experiences. The list may include picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, folklore, biography, both fiction and non-fiction.