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Native American Heritage Month (Kids)

November is Native American Heritage Month. Explore Native American culture and characters in this mix of fiction and non-fiction books for youth.

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

Celebrates the Native American tradition of sharing fry bread during family meals, in a story about family, history, culture, and traditions, both new and old.

We are grateful : otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to express gratitude. Journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation

Cherokee by Sarah Tieck

Introduces the Cherokee Indians, describing where they lived, how they made their homes, what they ate, how they hunted, and the importance of storytelling and religion in their lives

Encyclopedia of American Indian history & culture : stories, time lines, maps, and more by Cynthia (Cynthia J O'Brien

American Indian customs, stories, and history come to life in this important and authoritative reference, artfully designed and packaged for kids and students. More than 160 tribes are featured in this outstanding new encyclopedia, which presents a comprehensive overview of the history of North America's Native peoples. From the Apache to the Zuni, readers will learn about each tribe's history, traditions, and culture, including the impact of European expansion across the land and how tribes live today. Features include maps of ancestral lands; timelines of important dates and events; fact boxes for each tribe; bios of influential American Indians such as Sitting Bull; sidebars on daily life, homes, food, clothing, jewelry, and games; Did You Know facts with photographs; and traditional Native stories. The design is compelling and colorful, packed with full-color photographs. To help give kids the lay of the land, this reference is arranged by region, and all federally recognized tribes are included. Tribal members representing each region and experts at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution were involved in its creation. With nothing comparable available, it is sure to be a valuable resource for kids, students, librarians, and families

Seminole by Gale George

Introduces the Seminole people, discussing their history, traditions, and daily life

Race to the sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Guided by her Navajo ancestors, seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay discovers she is descended from a holy woman and destined to become a monsterslayer, starting with the evil businessman who kidnapped her father. Includes glossary of Navajo terms.

The legend of the lady's slipper by Kathy-jo Wargin

One winter, when the people of her village become terribly ill, Running Flower braves the snow and freezing cold to race to the village on the other side of the forest for medicine

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

"Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name"--

I can make this promise by Christine Day

"When twelve-year-old Edie finds letters and photographs in her attic that change everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother's adoption, she realizes she has a lot to learn about her family's history and her own identity"--

We are water protectors by Carole Lindstrom

When a black snake threatens to destroy the earth, one young water protector takes a stand to defend the planet's water, in a tale inspired by the many indigenous-led conservation movements across North America.

by Gina Capaldi

Zitkala-Sa finds that she can sing through her music, but also by writing stories and giving speeches and being an activist for Native American rights

Red Dove, listen to the wind by Sonia Antaki

"Abandoned by her white father, thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces another lean winter with her Lakota family on the Great Plains. Willful and proud, she is presented with a difficult choice: leave her people to live in the white world, or stay and watch them starve. Red Dove begins a journey to find her true place in the world and discovers that her greatest power comes from within herself."--

The courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

The story of an eight-year-old girl who finds the courage to accompany her father into the Connecticut wilderness and remain with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family

The New York Public Library amazing Native American history : a book of answers for kids by Liz Sonneborn

Questions and answers present information on the history and culture of various Native American tribes

Apache by Sarah Tieck

Explores the history of the Apache people, including their home life, religion, and first contact with European settlers

Orange for the sunsets by Tina Athaide

In alternating voices, friends Asha and Yesofu, one Indian and one African, find their world turned upside-down when Idi Amin decides to expel Asian Indians from Uganda in 1972.

Game of stars by Sayantani DasGupta

Months after Kiranmala's adventure in the Kingdom Beyond, a vision of the Demon Queen starts showing up in her bedroom, trying to tell Kiran something, but getting cutoff before she can finish; then she starts seeing an advertisement for an archery contest on her family's interdimensional television and Kiran realizes that she must return to her place of birth--where society is falling apart, a reality show is taking over, her friends are in danger, and she, once again, becomes the warrior princess she was meant to be.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life

Two roads by Joseph Bruchac

In 1932, twelve-year-old Cal must stop being a hobo with his father and go to a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school, where he begins learning about his history and heritage as a Creek Indian.

Makoons by Louise Erdrich

Living with their Ojibwe family on the Great Plains of Dakota Territory in 1866, twin brothers Makoons and Chickadee must learn to become buffalo hunters, but Makoons has a vision that foretells great challenges that his family may not be able to overcome

Native American ceremonies and celebrations : from potlatches to powwows by Kate Mikoley

This book explores the meaning, history, and purpose behind several Native American ceremonies and celebrations

Tecumseh : get to know the Shawnee chief who fought to protect native lands by John Micklos

Profiles the chief of the Shawnee people during the late 1700s, describing the battles the Shawnee fought against the white people, as well as the Battle of Tippecanoe, where Tecumseh fought for the British during the War of 1812.
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