Honoring Native and Indigenous Voices: Books for Younger Kids
Books by and about Native and Indigenous people and communities for kids ages 0-8.
Shi-shi-etko2005 by Campbell, Nicola I.Get this item
Beautifully illustrated, this book chronicles the last four days at home before Shi-shi-etko is picked up by a cattle truck to attend an "Indian Residential School." Ages 5-8.
Bowwow Powwow: Bagosenjige-niimi'idim2018 by Child, Brenda J.Get this item
A girl named Windy dreams about the powwow she just attended with her Uncle--only hers is with dogs! This story highlights the Ojibwe traditions of song, dance, food, and community. Ages 4-8.
Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman2021 by Davids, ShariceGet this item
This inspirational autobiography of Sharice Davids shares her path to becoming one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas. She talks about an interest in martial arts and connecting with people and how those interests led her to politics. Ages 5-8.
Birdsong2020 by Flett, JulieGet this item
This is a beautiful story of intergenerational friendship, shared passions, and a celebration of the healing power of art and nature. The use of Cree-Métis words helps to ground the story in tradition against a backdrop of the routine changes of modern life. Ages 3-8.
We All Play: Kimêtawânaw2021 by Flett, JulieGet this item
A joyous celebration of play that follows children and animals as they romp, wiggle, and chirp in nature. It includes a glossary of Cree words for the wild animals featured in the story. Ages 0-5.
My Heart Fills with Happiness2016 by Gray Smith, MoniqueGet this item
What fills your heart with happiness? This book asks the reader, adults and children alike, to think of all the big and small things that fill them with a sense of joy and peace. You'll be surprised and delighted with the possibilities. Ages 0-5.
We Are Water Protectors2020 by Lindstrom, CaroleGet this item
This story is inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America to protect our Earth's most endangered resource: water. This book provides a great reminder to us all--it is not enough to just recognize the destruction; we must raise our voices in protest and stand before those who seek to harm our Earth. Ages 3-6.
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story2019 by Maillard, Kevin NobleGet this item
This book is an ode to fry bread, a food that is part of a shared Native tradition among all 573 recognized tribes. Poetic descriptions of the experience of making, eating, and joining together to enjoy it are combined with the history of its continued importance in contemporary Native culture. Ages 3-6.
Johnny's Pheasant2019 by Minnema, CherylGet this item
This is a great story featuring an intergenerational relationship between a grandmother and grandchild. The pheasant they find together becomes the focus of a surprising, and humorous, narrative. Ages 3-8.
The Forever Sky2019 by Peacock, Thomas D.Get this item
Two young Ojibwe brothers turn their grief of losing their grandmother to the sky, which holds much importance to the Ojibwe people, especially the stars and their constellations. Ages 3-8.
On the Trapline2021 by Robertson, DavidGet this item
A picture book celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions. A grandfather, Moshom, takes his grandson to visit a place of great meaning to him: a trapline, where Moshom grew up, and a place where people hunt and live off the land. Ages 4-8.
The Water Walker2017 by Robertson, JoanneGet this item
This book tells the story of an Ojibwe grandmother, Josephine Mandamin, who started walking in 2003 to bring attention to water quality and scarcity. She began what would become the Mother Earth Water Walkers movement--a group that went on foot around the Great Lakes, and from ocean to ocean, to spread awareness. Ages 4-8.
At the Mountain's Base2019 by Sorell, TraciGet this item
This book tells the story of a Cherokee family that is awaiting the return of a family member from war. The author honors the strength and courage of Indigenous women, who were often called upon to serve our country. This is a great book to share as a family. Ages 4-8.
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga2018 by Sorell, TraciGet this item
"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. Ages 4-8.
I Sang You Down from the Stars2021 by Spillett-Sumner, TashaGet this item
A gorgeous ode to the belief among many Indigenous peoples that "babies choose their parents." Ages 0-5.
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