The following is a list of books for adults and for young readers focused on the history, culture, survival, and contemporary lives and storytelling of Indigenous peoples.
From the Ashes: My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way
Jesse Thistle, June
The Métis-Cree author’s memoir of overcoming trauma, prejudice, and addiction as he struggles to find a way back to himself and his Indigenous culture.
Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice
Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys, June
Spotlights four leaders–LaDonna Allard, Jasilyn Charger, Lisa DeVille, and Kandi White–and their fight against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline that made world headlines in 2016.
State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built
Tamika D. Mallory, out now
An in-depth, intersectional look at America's history of colonialism and systemic racism, offering a hopeful look to the future and tangible solutions for dismantling white supremacist structures.
Brothers on Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana
Abe Streep, Sept.
Follows a high school basketball team on a reservation in the American West along with their teammates, coaches, and families, as they balance the pressures of adolescence, shoulder the dreams of their community, and chart their own individual courses for the future.
Feminicide and Global Accumulation: Frontline Struggles to Resist the Violence of Patriarchy and Capitalism
Edited by Silvia Federici, Liz Mason-Deese, and Susana Draper, Aug.
Gathers stories, memories, and experiences of struggles against the murder and assassination of women and violence in all its forms, based on the first-ever International Forum on Feminicide among Ethnicized and Racialized Groups.
The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth
The Red Nation, out now
A call to action for the fight by Native people to win sovereignty, autonomy, and dignity, reclaim the life and future that has been stolen, come together to confront climate disaster, and build a world where all life can thrive.
By the Light of Burning Dreams
David Talbot and Margaret Talbot, June
Uses exclusive interviews, original documents, and archival research to explore critical moments in the lives of a diverse cast of iconoclastic leaders of the twentieth century radical movement, including Russell Means and the warriors of Wounded Knee.
The Taking of Jemima Boone: The True Story of the Kidnap and Rescue That Shaped America
Matthew Pearl, Oct.
Explores the kidnapping of legendary pioneer Daniel Boone’s daughter and the dramatic aftermath that rippled across the nation.
Halimah Marcus, Aug.
An essay collection that smashes stereotypes and redefines the meaning of the term “horse girl,” broadening it for women of all cultural backgrounds, including "Unconquered," an essay by Braudie Blais-Billie about how horses bridged a connection between her Seminole and Quebecois heritage.
Ridgeline: A Novel
Michael Punke, June
An account, based on real people and events, of the violence and horror of a Wyoming massacre that presaged the Battle of Little Big Horn.
The Land Is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery
Sarah Augustine, June
The author, a Pueblo (Tewa) woman, reframes the colonization of North America as she investigates ways that the Doctrine of Discovery–a set of laws rooted in the 15th century that gave Christian governments the moral and legal right to seize lands they “discovered”–continues to devastate Indigenous cultures, and the planet itself, as it justifies exploitation of both natural resources and people.
Spíləxm: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence
Nicola I. Campbell, Sept.
The author’s memoir as an intergenerational survivor of Indian Residential Schools, and her journey of overcoming adversity and colonial trauma to find strength and resilience through creative works and traditional perspectives of healing, transformation, and resurgence.
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When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky: A Novel
Margaret Verble, Oct.
In 1926 Nashville, Two Feathers, a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver on loan to Glendale Park Zoo from a Wild West show, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries.
What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile
Larry Audlaluk, out now
The author describes his family’s struggle to survive following the High Arctic Relocation of the 1950s in which Inuit families were relocated by the Canadian government to Grise Fiord, one of the coldest inhabited places in the world. Juxtaposed with excerpts from official reports that conveyed the relocatees’ plight as a successful experiment, he describes broken promises, a decades-long fight to return home, and a life between two worlds as southern culture begins to encroach on Inuit traditions.
The Man of the Moon
Gunvor Bjerre, illus. by Miki Jacobsen, July
Published in English for the first time, a collection of Greenlandic myths and legends that have been passed down orally for generations, featuring young protagonists.
First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament
Terry M. Wildman, Aug.
A dynamic equivalence translation of the Creator’s Story–the Christian Scriptures–following the tradition of Native storytellers' oral cultures, capturing the simplicity, clarity, and beauty of Native storytellers in English, while remaining faithful to the original language of the New Testament.
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Bkejwanong Dbaajmowinan / Stories of Where the Waters Divide (Makwa Enewed)
Monty McGahey, out now
A collection of stories from the elders of Bkejwanong–formerly known as Walpole Island, Ontario–who understand the importance of passing on the language to future generations to preserve the legacy of the community. With English translations, this resource is essential for Anishinaabemowin learners, teachers, linguists, and historians.
The Founding Mothers of Mackinac Island: The Agatha Biddle Band of 1870
Theresa L. Weller, Aug.
A comprehensive history of the lineage of the seventy-four members of the Agatha Biddle band in 1870, which began as a small handful of unrelated Indian women joined by the fact that the U.S. government owed them payments in exchange for land given up in the 1836 Treaty of Washington, D.C.
Louise Erdrich's Justice Trilogy: Cultural and Critical Contexts
Connie A. Jacobs and Nancy J. Peterson, Oct.
A collection of essays focusing on the three novels that comprise Erdrich's justice trilogy–The Plague of Doves, The Round House, and LaRose–which are set in northern North Dakota, where small towns and reservation life bring together a cast of characters whose lives are shaped by history, identity, and community.
Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity
Darrel J. McLeod, Aug.
Following up his award-winning debut memoir, Mamaskatch, which portrayed a Cree coming-of-age in rural Canada, the author confronts how both the personal traumas of his youth and the historical traumas of his ancestral line impact the trajectory of his life.
MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Naadamaading: Dibaajimowinan Ji-Nisdotaading
edited by Anton Treuer, illus. by Jonathan Thunder, Aug.
Together with their other friends and family, Makoons and her friend Nigigoons go berrying and fishing, and listen to the stories of the elders. Created to encourage learning Anishinaabemowin, the language of Ojibwe people, these original stories are written in Ojibwe and a monolingual text presented only in Anishinaabemowin.
The Good Berry Cookbook: Harvesting and Cooking Wild Rice and Other Wild Foods
Tashia Hart, Sept.
The author, an ethnobotanist, follows the Anishinaabeg people of the Great Lakes region through seasons and spaces to gather wild foods and contemplate connections among the people and their plant and animal relatives.
The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World
Anton Treuer, Oct.
Provides the personal stories of one Ojibwe family's hunting, gathering, harvesting, and cultural practices and beliefs–without violating protected secrets.
Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers
Teresa Peterson and Walter LaBatte Jr., Oct.
Stories, from five generations of the family of Tasina Susbeca Win, that bring people together, transmit traditions, teach how to behave, and deliver heroes, especially those who do not appear in school or history books.
I Place You into the Fire: Poems
Rebecca Thomas, out now
The first poetry collection from the Mi'kmaw spoken-word poet and former poet laureate of Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia.
Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond
Edited by Valerie Mason-John, July
A spiritual, political, and interdisciplinary anthology of wisdom stories from today's Black liberation thought leaders and teachers, including an essay reflecting on the author's African and Native American ancestry, mapping the erasure and oppression of both groups and the socially complex history they shared.
After One Hundred Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on America's Stolen Lands
Margaret D. Jacobs, Oct.
Confronts the harsh truth that the United States was founded on the violent dispossession of Indigenous people and asks what reconciliation might mean in light of this haunted history.
My Heart Is A Chainsaw: A Novel
Stephen Graham Jones, Aug.
In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town, Jade sees recent events that only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK
Dutch and Indigenous Communities in Seventeenth-Century Northeastern North America: What Archaeology, History, and Indigenous Oral Traditions Teach Us about Their Intercultural Relationships
Edited by Lucianne Lavin, out now
Essays by historians and archaeologists offering an introduction to the impact of Dutch traders and settlers on the early history of Northeastern North America, as well as their extensive and intensive relationships with its Indigenous peoples.
All the Quiet Places: A Novel
Brian Thomas Isaac, Oct.
Set in 1956, a coming-of-age story of what can happen when every adult in a person’s life has been affected by colonialism, and the acute separation from culture that can occur even at home in a loved familiar landscape.
Father | Genocide
Margo Tamez, July
The author, an enrolled citizen of the Lipan Apache band of Texas, reconstructs her father's struggle to "be a man" under American domination while tracing the settler erasure, denial, and genocide that preceded his generation.
A Line of Driftwood: The Ada Blackjack Story
Diane Glancy, Sept.
In 1921, Ada Blackjack, a young Inupiat woman traveling as a cook and seamstress with four professional explorers 200 miles off the Arctic Coast of Siberia, survived against the odds where four "experts" could not. Based on Blackjack's diary, the historical record, and the author’s vision.
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Born into This
Adam Thompson, July
An indictment of Australian colonialism and racism from a contemporary Indigenous point of view, through a collection of short stories dealing with the Indigenous experience in Australia.
UNIV. OF MASSACHUSETTS
"Still They Remember Me": Penobscot Transformer Tales, Volume 1
Carol A. Dana, Margo Lukens and Conor M. Quinn, June
First published in 1918, transcribed for the first time into current Penobscot orthography and with a new English translation, these tales offer a window into the language and culture of the Penobscot people in the early twentieth century; stories are presented in the Penobscot language and English side by side, coupled with illustrations from members of the tribal community.
UNIV. OF NEVADA
The Ghost Dancers: A Novel
Adrian C. Louis, Sept.
A take-no-prisoners look at reservation life, exploring issues including tribal differences, "urban Indians" versus "Res Indians," the relationships among blacks, whites, and Indians, and police tactics on and off the reservation.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA
Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice
Finis Dunaway, out now
How Gwich’in leaders and environmental activists helped build a political movement that transformed a debate into a struggle for environmental justice.
UNIV. OF PENNSYLVANIA
The Apache Diaspora: Four Centuries of Displacement and Survival
Paul Conrad, out now
Uses archival research in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, as well as Apache oral histories, to bring to life the stories of displaced Apaches and the kin from whom they were separated.
UNIV. OF WASHINGTON
Painful Beauty: Tlingit Women, Beadwork, and the Art of Resilience
Megan A. Smetzer, July
Working with museum collection materials, photographs, archives, and interviews with artists and elders, the author reframes this often overlooked art form, suggesting that at a time when Indigenous cultural practices were actively being repressed, beading supported cultural continuity, demonstrating Tlingit women’s resilience, strength, and power.
Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West
Blaine Harden, out now
Unpacks one of the most persistent "alternative facts" in American history: the story of a missionary, a tribe, a massacre, and the central founding myth of the Pacific Northwest.
Uncle Rabbit and the Wax Doll
Silvestre Pantaleón, illus. by Inocencio Jiménez, translated by Jonathan D. Amith, Aug.
The classic tale of the trickster Brer Rabbit in a trilingual edition, featuring Nahuatl, Spanish, and English languages alongside traditional amate (bark) paintings and a Nahuatl-English glossary. Ages 4-12.
Rez Dogs: A Novel
Joseph Bruchac, June
Told in verse inspired by oral storytelling, this novel about the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the ways a Wabanaki girl's community has cared for one another through plagues of the past, and how they keep caring for one another today. Ages 8-12.
We All Play
Julie Flett, out now
Celebrates playtime and the connection between children and the natural world; included are a glossary of Cree words for wild animals in the book, a pronunciation guide, and link to audio pronunciation recordings. Ages 0-7.
Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman
Sharice Davids with Nancy K. Mays, illus. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, June
A picture book autobiography of Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas; included is information about the Ho-Chunk Nation, an artist note, and an inspiring letter to children from the author. Ages 4-8.
Healer of the Water Monster: A Novel
Brian Young, out now
A seemingly ordinary Navajo boy must save the life of a Water Monster–and comes to realize he’s a hero at heart. Ages 8-12.
Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-To-Be Best Friend
Dawn Quigley, out now
A spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation and whose best friend is Mimi the cat, needs to figure out how to make more friends. Ages 6-10.
Sisters of the Neversea
Cynthia Leitich Smith, June
Native American Lily and English Wendy, stepsisters, embark on a journey of magic, adventure, and courage to a fairy-tale island known as Neverland with a boy who calls himself Peter Pan. Ages 8-12.
Sugar Falls (10th Anniversary Ed.): A Residential School Story
David A. Robertson, illus. by Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk, out now
A young girl struggles to survive the abuse and indignity of residential school in this 10th-anniversary, full-color edition of Robertson’s bestselling graphic novel, based on the true story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation; included is an afterword from Ross herself. Ages 15-18.
The Wolf Mother (Mothers of Xsan, Volume 5)
Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illus. by Natasha Donovan, Sept.
This fifth book in the Mothers of Xsan series introduces young readers to the life cycle of the grey wolf, the traditions of the Gitxsan Nation, and how grey wolves contribute to the health of their entire ecosystem. Ages 9-12.
The Big Blizzard
Julia Ogina and Emily Jackson, illus. by Amanda Sandland, out now
Sisters Niaqualuk and Haugaaq live in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. With a big blizzard coming, see what fun things the sisters do all day as the blizzard howls outside. Bilingual Inuktitut and English. Ages 3-5.
Inuki’s Birthday Party
Aviaq Johnston, illus. by Ali Hinch, out now
Inuki lives in Iglulik, Nunavut. It is his fifth birthday, with cake to eat and presents to open–but celebrating with his family and friends is Inuki’s favorite gift of all. Bilingual Inuktitut and English. Ages 3-5.
Oleepeeka’s First Hunt
Elizabeth Ryan, illus. by Marcus Cutler, out now
Oleepeeka is from Panniqtuuq, Nunavut, and it’s time for her first hunting trip; she spends the day with her Ataata (grandfather), learns about catching ptarmigans, and brings home a special feast for their family. Bilingual Inuktitut and English. Ages 3-5.
When I Was Young in Nunavut
Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, illus. by Natasha Donovan, out now
Introduces children to the memoir genre and describes different activities the author did when she was growing up in Nunavut. Ages 6-8.
Where Did the Walruses Go?
Tooma Laisa, illus. by Udayana Lugo, out now
At Naullaq’s family’s summer camp in Peterhead Inlet, his ataata tells a traditional story about why all the walruses disappeared from the Inlet. Bilingual Inuktitut and English. Ages 3-5.
Elijah’s Super Halloween
Heather Main, illus. by Jazmine Gubbe, Aug.
Elijah is excited to go trick-or-treating in his community of Arviat, Nunavut wearing the special superhero costume his anaana made him. But just before Halloween, a polar bear is spotted near town, and it is not safe to go trick-or-treating. Will Elijah ever get the chance to show off his super costume? Bilingual Inuktitut and English. Ages 3-5.
Willy's New Pup: A Story from Labrador
Sherry Blake, illus. by Lenny Lishchenko, Sept.
Based on true experiences of the author's father, this story shows the powerful bond between a dog team driver and his lead dog. Ages 7-9.
Berry Picking at Four Mile Bay
Barbara Adjun, illus. by Kagan Mcleod, Oct.
Based on the childhood memories of the author, reflecting on special moments from a family trip picking akpiks and other berries at Four Mile Bay, near Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Ages 7-9.
Grandfather Bowhead, Tell Me A Story
Aviaq Johnston, illus. by Tamara Campeau, out now
Bowhead whales are the longest-living mammals on the planet, living over 200 years. In this story, a grandfather bowhead recounts to his young grandchild calf all the beautiful, amazing, and surprising things he has seen in his lifetime, all while assuring the little calf that there is nothing more wondrous than the love a grandfather has for his grandchild. Ages 0-3.
I Am Loved
Mary and Kevin Qamaniq-Mason, illus. by Hwei Lim, out now
Pakak is in a new foster home, with new people, new food, and new smells. Feeling alone and uncertain, Pakak finds comfort in a secret shared with him by his anaanattiaq, his grandmother, and in the knowledge that he is loved no matter how far away his family may be. The authors, who are foster parents, wrote the book as a gift for Inuit children in care, who, like Pakak, are navigating the unknown. Ages 5-7.
The Shaman's Apprentice
Zacharias Kunuk, illus. by Megan Kyak-Monteith, out now
Inspired by award-winning Inuk director Kunuk’s short film of the same name. Facing dark spirits and physical challenges, a young shaman in training must face her first test–a trip to the underground to visit Kannaaluk, The One Below, who holds the answers to why a community member has become ill. Ages 9-12.
Animals Illustrated: Wolverine
Allen Niptanatiak, illus. by Patricia Ann Lewis-MacDougall, Sept.
Explains how wolverines raise their babies, where they live, what they eat, how they use their distinctive scent, and how they became known as the gluttons of the animal kingdom. Part of the Animals Illustrated series blending first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, with interesting facts on the behaviors and biology of each animal. Ages 5-7.
Becky Han, illus. by Tindur Peturs, Oct.
When the narrator of this fun and silly book is startled by the buzzing of a bee, she sets off running from community to community, trying to lose her buzzing companion. When she has run clear across Nunavut, she finally realizes that perhaps this little bee isn’t such a fearsome foe after all. Ages 5-7.
Little Moar and the Moon
Roselynn Akulukjuk, illus. by Jazmine Gubbe, Oct.
The days become shorter and the moon, with its creepy face and eerie smile, seems to be looking down on little Moar before he can even get home from school–so, one day, Moar is determined to get home before the moon appears in the sky. But there are so many fun things to do on the way home, he may just run out of time! Ages 5-7.
Sharon King, Sept.
An animal story about a busy beaver (amik) and his surroundings as he works on his dam. An early reader's language-learning book, with text in English and Anishinaabemowin. Ages 3-7.
Thomas King, illus. by Natasha Donovan, Sept.
A boy and his mother on a road trip from Alberta to Salt Lake City are thwarted at the border when they identify their citizenship as Blackfoot. Refusing to identify as either American or Canadian first bars their entry into the U.S., and then their return into Canada. In the limbo between countries, they find power in their connection to their identity and to each other. Ages 8-12.
Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer
Traci Sorell, illus. by Natasha Donovan, out now
How a math-loving girl from northeast Oklahoma blazed a trail for herself and others, drawing on traditional Cherokee values throughout her career as a twentieth-century aerospace engineer working on classified projects of tremendous importance to the US space program–many of which remain a secret to this day. Ages 7-11.
MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Denise Lajimodiere, illus. by Angela Erdrich, out now
An Ojibwe girl practices her dance steps, gets help from her family, and is inspired by the soaring flight of Migizi, the eagle, as she prepares for her first powwow. Ages 3-7.
Aanjibimaadizing, edited by Anton Treuer and Michael Sullivan, illus. by Jonathan Thunder, Aug.
Gaa-pi-izhiwebak, which means "What Happened," is an Ojibwe-language collection of nonfiction reminiscences, cultural teachings, and histories told by elders from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Conceived and presented only in Ojibwe, the stories transmit cultural values, increase vocabulary, and reinforce identity. Ages 14-up.
Aanjibimaadizing, edited by Anton Treuer and Michael Sullivan, illus. by Wesley Ballinger, Aug.
Ge-ni-aabadak Giniigaaniiminaang, which means "What We Shall Make Use of in Our Future," is an Ojibwe-language collection of fictional short stories told by elders from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Conceived and presented only in Ojibwe, the stories transmit cultural values, increase vocabulary, and reinforce identity. Ages 10-up.
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On the Trapline
David A. Robertson and Julie Flett, out now
As a boy and Moshom, his grandpa, travel to visit a place very special to Moshom–the trapline his family used when he grew up–the boy imagines life two generations ago, and what is different and what is similar to his life now. Ages 4-8.
The Great Bear (The Misewa Saga, Book 2)
David A. Robertson, Sept.
In this second book in Robertson’s Indigenous fantasy series, Eli and Morgan must time-travel to Misewa in the past, dig deep within themselves to find the strength to protect their beloved Misewa friends, and carry this strength back home to face their own challenges. Ages 10-up.
Walking in Two Worlds
Wab Kinew, Sept.
On the Rez, Bugz, a shy Indigenous teen girl, befriends a Chinese boy, Feng, who lives with his doctor aunt. Together, they share an online life in a massive multiplayer video game universe. Ages 12-up.
Becoming Miss Navajo
Jolyana Begay-Kroupa, out now
The author shares her journey to fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming Miss Navajo Nation after years of learning the language, culture, and traditions. Ages 3-8.
Diné Bich’eekę’ Yishłeeh “Becoming Miss Navajo,” Navajo version
Jolyana Begay-Kroupa, out now
Written entirely in Diné Bizaad (the Navajo language), the author shares her journey to fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming Miss Navajo Nation after years of learning the language, culture, and traditions. Ages 3-8.
Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters: Chilling American Indian Stories
Dan SaSuWeh Jones, illus. by Weshoyot Alvitre, Sept.
Thirty-two short stories collected from the tradition of ghost stories from American Indian cultures across North America: stories of witches and walking dolls, hungry skeletons, La Llorona and Deer Woman, and other supernatural beings. Ages 8-12.
The Case of the Burgled Bundle
Michael Hutchinson, out now
In this third in The Mighty Muskrats Mystery series, the four mystery-solving cousins from the Windy Lake First Nation are back for another mystery: when the memory bundle–the center of a four-day long ceremony–is taken, the cousins set out to catch those responsible, help protect Windy Lake’s reputation, and return the missing bundle before the assembly ends. Ages 9-12.
Ga's / The Train
Jodie Callaghan, illus. by Georgia Lesley, translated by Joe Wilmot, Sept.
Ashley’s great-uncle shares with her the history of the old train tracks near their community in Nova Scotia, and the day when he and the other children from the reserve were taken aboard and transported to residential school–where they weren't allowed to speak their language and were punished if they did. In English and Mi'gmaq. Ages 6-9.
Native Actors and Filmmakers: Visual Storytellers
Gary Robinson, out now
The author, an award-winning writer and filmmaker of Choctaw/Cherokee descent, shares the lives and career paths of twelve Native people actively working in the entertainment industry, either in front of or behind the camera. Included is a glossary of TV/movie production terminology and a list of resources to obtain additional information about the industry. Ages 12-16.
Native Women Changing Their Worlds
Patricia Cutright, out now
Spotlights twelve Native American and First Nations women who overcame racial and gender discrimination, abuse, and extreme poverty to rise to great heights in the fields of politics, science, education, and community activism. Ages 12-16.
How the World Was Made
Brad Wagnon, illus. by Alex Stephenson, Aug.
Retells the Cherokee tale of how the earth was created while teaching the valuable lesson that even the smallest creature can make a difference. Written in both Cherokee and English, to familiarize readers with the Cherokee syllabary and the Cherokee language. Ages 5-7.
Land of the Great Turtles
Brad Wagnon, illus. by Alex Stephenson, Aug.
The Creator gave the Cherokee people a beautiful island with everything they could ever need, with only one rule: they must take care of the land and the animals living there. But what happens when the children decide to play with the turtles instead of taking care of their responsibilities? Written in both Cherokee and English, to familiarize readers with the Cherokee syllabary and the Cherokee language. Ages 5-7.
The First Blade of Sweetgrass
Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey, illus. by Nancy Baker, Aug.
A modern Wabanaki girl is excited to accompany her grandmother for the first time to harvest sweetgrass for basket making, but must overcome her impatience while learning to distinguish sweetgrass from other salt marsh grasses. Includes backmatter about traditional basket making and a Wabanaki glossary. Ages 6-8.