Captivating Indigenous Nonfiction for Teens
From memoir and narrative history to self-help and social justice, this list is a small sampling of recent and essential Indigenous nonfiction for teens to explore.
Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants2022 by Kimmerer, Robin WallGet this item
In this young readers' adaptation of the adult bestseller, Kimmerer (Potawatomi) and Monique Grey Smith (Cree and Lakota) honor and explain Indigenous nations’ relationships with nature, including sustainability etiquette, clean energy, and a gifting economy.
2022 by Treuer, DavidGet this item
The true story of the resilience of the Indigenous People of Turtle Island/North America, from before colonial contact to the current era.
2022 by Bruchac, JosephGet this item
This poetry collection by Bruchac (Abenaki) and illustrated by 30 tribally enrolled artists highlights Native Americans across time to both honor their impact and help non-Native readers gain a deeper understanding of the Indigenous experience.
2021 by Treuer, AntonGet this item
Broken down into accessible sections, Treuer's (Ojibwe) book answers nearly 200 questions that young people might have about Native Americans and is adapted from the adult book of the same name.
2017Get this item
This anthology of stories, art, and poetry hands the megaphone to Indigenous teen girls and women to honor their joys and their harms, and to stand against harmful stereotypes that eclipse the wonderful diversity of what it means to inhabit their world.
2019 by Mendoza, JeanGet this item
This corrective narrative of a traditional American History book provides an important Indigenous perspective on key events and urges young readers to think critically about ideas like "civilized," "land rights," and conservation, among others.
2021 by Keene, AdrienneGet this item
Keene (Cherokee) and illustrator Ciara Sana (Chamoru) profile 50 important Native American, Alaska Native, and Kanaka Maoli people to celebrate their impact and urge readers to look beyond stereotypes.
2022 by Luger, ChelseyGet this item
Wellness advocates Luger (Ojibwe and Lakota) and Collins (Onk-Akimel O'Odham, Wa-Zha-Zhi, and Haudenosaunee) present a guide that is rooted in Indigenous knowledge and appropriate for both teens and adults.