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:
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