The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich.
Omakayas is a seven-year-old Ojibwa girl living on Lake Superior whose
life, centered around family and tradition, soon changes
with the arrival of white settlers. Also by Erdrich: The
Game of Silence.
Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac.
An eleven-year-old boy with a violent father befriends the town librarian,
learns about Abenaki traditions and discovers the truth about his family.
Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Ray and Grampa Halfmoon live in Chicago but fondly recall their Cherokee-Seminole
Sky by Pamela Porter.
A fictionalized story based on true events chronicling Georgia and her
grandparents' survival of the 1964 flood on the Blackfeet reservation
in northern Montana.
The Star People: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson.
Sister Girl and Young Wolf find themselves lost after escaping a prairie
fire, but are guided back home by the spirit of their grandmother and
the Star People.
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.
Cole’s violence against a classmate results in his being sentenced,
via Circle Justice, to an uninhabited Alaskan island. Cole attempts escape,
but encounters the Spirit Bear that changes his life forever.
Whisper in the Dark by Joseph Bruchac.
A teenage girl, one of the last living descendents of a great Narragansett
chief, believes a legendary monster known as the Whisperer in the
Dark has come for her.
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill.
Told in nine-year-old Fred's simple, honest voice, this is a story about
Alaska, about the old ways and the new, and about a special teacher
who touches the lives of everyone she meets.
Cultures & Celebrations
of Native America Today by
Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder.
Color photographs are included in this introduction to traditions,
activities, and lifestyles of children from various North American tribes
including two Wisconsin tribes.
Jingle Dancer by
Cynthia Leitich Smith. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa
Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek Nation, borrows jingles from
the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform
the jingle dance at the powwow.
Powwow: A Good Day to Dance by Jacqueline Dembar Greene.
The author follows the activities of a young boy as his family attends
a Wampanoag powwow, describing the significance of some of the dances
and events at the gathering.
Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac.
After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a
strange “great-uncle,” Molly must rely on her dreams about
an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even her life.
Crazy Horse's Vision by Joseph Bruchac.
Crazy Horse’s Vision is based on the life of the brave young Lakota
child who grew up to become a defender of his people.
Geronimo by Joseph Bruchac.
After Geronimo surrenders he is moved from camp to camp, treated
like a prisoner of war, and is forbidden to return to his homeland.
Bones by Peter Lerangis.
Based on actual events in 1897, this fictional story tells what happened
to six Eskimos that Artic explorer Robert Peary brought back for a living
exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The Ghost Dance by Alice McLerran.
The Native American ghost dance origins and meaning are presented in
this narrative text. Through the eyes of children living on the Rosebud
Sioux reservation in South Dakota, learn about the history, culture
and beliefs of the Lakota Indians
The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish by Jacqueline
In 1913 a research boat named Fish became trapped in the ice
on an Arctic expedition. The scientists, crew and some Inupaiq people
on board the ship survived using Inupiaq cultural traditions.
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by
Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac.
This photographic recreation of the harvest celebration
by Plymouth Plantation and the Wampanoag community describes the actual
three-day event and exposes the myths surrounding the celebration.