Books for Indigenous People's Day: Babies-PreK

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

These are some of our favorite books featuring Indigenous and Native American people and stories to share with babies through kids in preschool. We tried to find books whose authors or illustrators wrote from their own Native American perspective.

  • Who Am I?

    2023 by Buchholtz, Julie

    "'Who am I?' asked the brown-skinned girl. Her big brown mama pulled her close and replied." This stunning book shows the ways the threads of life are woven in with the earth--past, present, and future.

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  • Who Will Win?

    2023 by David, Arihhonni

    Bear has fast legs and turtle has a fast mind. Who will win?

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  • Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!

    2021 by Coulson, Art

    Part of the Storytelling Math series, Bo needs to find the right-size container for displaying his homemade marbles at his family's Cherokee National Holiday festival booth.

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  • It's a Mitig!

    2020 by George, Bridget

    In this playful book, kids are introduced to Anishinaabe words like amik, ziibi gaag, and mitig.

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  • Berry Song

    2022 by Goade, Michaela

    A Tlingit girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth.

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  • I Hope

    2022 by Gray Smith, Monique

    This beautifully illustrated picture book offers a series of hopes for a diverse group of kids. "I hope that you and those you love know joy...I have lots of hopes, for you and for me, but I wonder...What are your hopes?"

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  • My Powerful Hair

    2023 by Lindstrom, Carole

    By the award-winning author of We Are Water Protectors, this is a story of how hair can reflect resilience, strength, and connection to the earth.

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  • Mii Maanda Ezhi-gkendmaanh

    2021 by Luby, Brittany

    This bilingual book (Anishinaabemowin and English) depicts a girl and her grandmother learning about the changing seasons.

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  • In My Anaana's Amautik

    2019 by Sammurtok, Nadia

    This little one stays safe and close to mom in their "amautik," a pouch on the mother's parka.

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  • Forever Our Home

    2023 by Simpson, Tonya

    This beautiful book is an ode that celebrates the animals and plants of the prairies.

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  • Powwow Day

    2022 by Sorell, Traci

    River hasn't been well and isn't strong enough to dance the jingle dress dance at the powwow, but she comes to terms with the fact that the dance is for the Creator, the ancestors, their families, and everyone's health, including her own.

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  • I Sang You Down from the Stars

    2021 by Spillett-Sumner, Tasha

    Stunning art by illustrator Michaela Goade accompanies this narrative about a pregnant mom gathering gifts for a sacred baby bundle.

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  • Nibi's Water Song

    2021 by Tenasco, Sunshine

    When Nibi has a hard time finding clean, safe water, she starts a movement to help "heal" the water.

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  • Little You

    2013 by Van Camp, Richard

    This is an older title, and it's a lovely board book to share with our youngest readers.

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