Celebrate Native American Heritage Month – Chapter Books for Children

Native American Heritage Month was established in 1990 as a time to celebrate and recognize Native Americans’ numerous contributions to the United States of America. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a large number of books being published that are written and illustrated by Indigenous people, and we’d love to see these #OwnVoices titles get a bit more love. Here are a few chapter books for children to check out!


Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManus with Traci Sorell

When Regina Petit’s family finds out that the federal government has determined that her tribe no longer exists, her father decides to move the family to Los Angeles. Once they relocate, Regina tries to understand her identity while being so far away from home. This book is great for anyone who loves historical fiction.


In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

While Jimmy spends his summer on a journey with his grandfather, his grandfather shares the story of Crazy Horse. As the book switches from the life of Crazy Horse to Jimmy and his summer, Jimmy begins to understanding more about his family history. A must read for those who like fiction that incorporates nonfiction elements.


I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Edie always knew that her mom was adopted, but is curious about her Native American heritage. One day, she discovers a box that has letters with photos of a woman that looks just like her. Armed with all these questions about her heritage, she now wants to discover as much as she can.  This book delves into the feelings that can arise when you are not connected to a portion of your heritage and the journey to learn more.


Continue celebrating Native American Heritage Month with the following:

Board Books & Picture Books

Nonfiction for Children

Teen and Young Teen

Adults

For additional titles, ask your friendly neighborhood librarian, or check out this great resources page from the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition.

 

Written by Pamela Jayne
Youth Services Librarian

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month – Teen and Young Teen

Native American Heritage Month was established in 1990 as a time to celebrate and recognize Native Americans’ numerous contributions to the United States of America.  Over the last few years, we’ve seen a large number of books being published that are written and illustrated by Indigenous people, and we’d love to see these #OwnVoices titles get a bit more love. Here are a few teen and young teen titles to check out!



TEEN

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, adapted from Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

In this nonfiction title, which is an adaptation of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, teens will explore history told from Indigenous peoples’ perspectives. An abundance of information is covered, but in the end, it’s worth the deep dive.


The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Indigenous people of North America are the only ones with the ability to dream. Now being hunted by those who want to harvest their dream-carrying bone marrow, Frenchie and his group must stay hidden in order to survive. Will they ever be able to defeat the marrow thieves? Perfect for those who love dystopian novels!


Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

At the beginning of senior year, Louise breaks up with her boyfriend after he mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her. She’s okay with it – she wants to focus on her friends, family, and working on the school newspaper. When editors pair her up with Joey, the new photojournalist, for a story about the school musical, sparks fly. Will Louise be able to open her heart to a new relationship? Contemporary romance, anyone?

 



YOUNG TEEN

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

Morgan and Eli are two Indigenous children in foster care. While exploring their foster home, they find a secret portal in the attic which leads to a frozen, barren world. As they discover their new friends might be in danger, Morgan and Eli try to save them before it’s too late. Perfect for fans of fantasy! 


Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley

Apple is trying to find her place in the world and is having a difficult time. After being called a slur for someone who is white and Native, she turns her back on her heritage. When her father forces her to visit her Native American relatives on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota for the first time, Apple tries to find a connection to her dead mother and rediscover her roots. A contemporary coming of age novel!


If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

Lewis knows the ups and downs of living on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975. When George moves to town, the boys become friends. However, Lewis lies to hide the poverty his family experiences. Once George knows the truth, will he still want to be friends with Lewis? This historical fiction does not shy away from discussion of racial tensions and the realities of living on the reservation.


Continue celebrating Native American Heritage Month with the following:

Board Books & Picture Books

Nonfiction for Children

Chapter Books for Children

Adults

For additional titles, ask your friendly neighborhood librarian, or check out this great resources page from the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition.

 

Written by Pamela Jayne
Youth Services Librarian