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Recommended Reading:

All Ages

  • Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson


  • Wild Berries by Julie Flett (Cree-Metis)
  • Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk (Inuit)
  • My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith (Cree, Lakota, & Scottish)
  • The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)
  • Thirteen Moons on Turtle Back: A Native American Year of Moons by Joseph Bruchac & Jonathon London (Abenaki)

Early Elementary (K-3)

  • Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin (Passamaquoddy)
  • Hungry Johnny by Cheryl Minnema (Ojibwe)
  • Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson (Mohawk)
  • Chukfi Rabbit’s Big Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale by Greg Rodgers (Choctaw)
  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee (Creek)
  • Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story by Donald Uluadluak (Inuit)
  • SkySisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose (Ojibwe)
  • Walking Eagle: The Little Comanche Boy by Ana Eulate
  • A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell (Cree-Metis)
  • The Legend of Hobbomack: The Sleeping Giant by Jason J. Marchi

Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades (4-7)

  • The Man Who Weeps by Dale Carson (Abenaki)
  • Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III (Sicangu Lakota)
  • How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
  • Trickster: Native Americans Tales: A Graphic Collection Edited by Matt Dembicki (Variety of Native Americans)

High School

  • My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson (?)
  • If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (Onondaga)
  • Under the Mesquite by Gudalupe Garcia McCall (?)
  • Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry & Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School, Edited by Timothy P. McLaughlin (Lakota)
  • Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories & Environmental Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto & Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)
  • An Indigenous People’s History of The United States for Young People (Revisioning American History for Young People) by Jean Mendoza, Debbie Reese & Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz (Onondaga)
  • House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
  • The Lesser Blessed: A Novel by Richard Van Camp (Dogrib)
  • Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today (Variety of Native Americans)


  • Connecticut's Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History, and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures by Lucianne Lavin
  • "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Aunt Sarah, Woman of the Dawnland: The 108 Winters of an Abenaki Healing Woman by Trudy Ann Parker
  • Black Elk Speaks, The Complete Edition by John G. Neihardt with a new introduction by Philip J. Deloria
  • Spirit of the New England Tribes: Indian History and Folklore by William S. Simmons
  • Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians by Susan Sleep-Smith et al.

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