Native American Heritage Books for Kids

November is Native American Heritage Month. A great way to teach children to honor the contributions of Native American people throughout history is books, books written by Native American and Indigenous authors.

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Fry Bread

by Kevin Noble Maillard

Fry Bread is the story of an inter-generational family that gathers to make fry bread and share Native American culture.

Age Recommendation: 3-6 years

I Can See You

by Rosemarie Avrana Meyok

This board book celebrates the love between a mother and her child using the five senses using adorable illustrations contain aspects of Inuit culture.

Age Recommendation: 0-4 years

We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom

A young girl makes it her duty to take on the black snake, a metaphor for an oil pipeline, threatening her community’s water source.

Age Recommendation: 2 – 7 years

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

by Traci Sorell

This picture book teachers readers the word, otsaliheliga, the word that members of the Cherokee Nation say to express gratitude.

Age Recommendation: 3-8 years

Jingle Dancer

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow.

Age Recommendation: 4-10 years

We Are Still Here

by Traci Sorell

Twelve children address topics such as assimilation, termination, and relocation.

Age Recommendation: 8 – 12 years

My Heart Fills with Happiness

by Monique Gray Smith

Written to support the well-being of Indigenous families and children, you’ll notice the beauty and appreciation of nature and traditional dance.

Age Recommendation: 3 – 6 years

Sweetest Kulu

by Celina Kalluk

This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic

Age Recommendation: 3-7 years

Bowwow Powwow

by Brenda J. Child

When Windy Girl falls asleep after a powwow she attends with her uncle and dog, Itchy Boy, she dreams of all the tasty food, gorgeous jingle dresses and talented dancers — but in her dream, they are all dogs.

Age Recommendation: 3-8 years

Wild Berries

by Julie Flett

Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother. This book is written in both Enlglish and Cree, in particular the n-dialect, also known as Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area.

Age Recommendation: 4 – 8 years

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

by Robbie Robertson

Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift of storytelling with a new generation.

Age Recommendation: 4 – 9 years