Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators

By Amber Certain, Educators and Schools Outreach Specialist
November 6, 2020

November is Native American Heritage month. It's a time to share and remember the history of the Native people who were the first people of this land and continue to be an essential and indelible part of the landscape. This land we walk on is Native land.

This booklist is not a Thanksgiving booklist.These titles highlight Native voices and stories that will evoke curiosity in young readers to explore and develop a better knowledge and understanding of Native peoples and communities.  

Elementary

May We Have Enough to Share by Richard Van Camp

Book  / E-book 

 

A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Julie Flett 

Book 

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett 

Book / E-book

Bowwow Powwow: Bagosenjige-niimi'idim by Brenda J. Childtranslation by Gordon Jourdain, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder

Book

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac

 Book / Read-Along / E-book / Audiobook

 

The Forever Sky by Thomas D. Peacock, illustrated by Annette S. Lee 

Book

Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt, illustrated by Amanda Strong 

Book / E-book

 

We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade 

Book / E-book

Check out Sarah West, Children’s Librarian from St. Agnes, Booktalk about this title!
 

Middle Grade

I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day

Book / E-book / Audiobook

Gaawin gindaaswin ndaawsii = I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis

Book

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell

Book / E-book

The Grizzly Mother by Brett D. Huson

Book

The Case of Windy Lake by Michael Hutchinson

Book / E-book

 

Spotted Tail by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk and Pat Kinsella 

Book

High School

This Place: 150 Years Retold Stories by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and others, illustrated by Tara Audibert and others

 Book / E-book

Give Me Some Truth: A Novel With Paintings by Eric L. Gansworth

Book / E-book /Audiobook

Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley

Book

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Book / E-book

Surviving the City Vol. 1 by Tasha Spillet

Book / E-book

A Girl Called Echo Series by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, colored by Donovan Yaciuk  

Books /E-books

Elatsoe by Darice Little Badger, illustrated by Ravina Cai

Book / E-book / Audiobook

Additional Resources

  • American Indian Experience—Full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of American Indians. Ideal resource for middle school, high school, and undergraduate research on American Indian history. Fully searchable, or browsable by era, tribe, state, and region.
  • Digital Collections—“Indians of North America
  • Native American Art found in Press Reader

External Additional Resources

  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Natives Photographs -is a space to elevate the work of Indigenous visual journalists and bring balance to the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and spaces. Our mission is to support the media industry in hiring more Indigenous photographers to tell the stories of their communities and to reflect on how we tell these stories.