As They Speak: Native Voices in Today’s Literature – 

Virtual Book Club

Looking to expand your reading list and discuss a variety of issues and topics important to Native people? Please join our digital book club, As They Speak: Native Voices in Today’s Literature. Based on a variety of topics and featuring a range of genres, all of the books we will be reading have been written by contemporary Native authors.

Our book club is a free event, but donations are greatly appriciated. To sign up for a book club meeting, visit our events page!

Reading List


Graphic Novels/Comic Books

A Girl Named Echo by Katherena Vermette (Author), Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator), Donovan Yaciuk (Inker)

If I Go Missing by Brianna Jonnie (Author), Nahanni Shingoose Neal Shannacappo (Illustrator)

Picture Books

Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! By Art Coulson (Author), Madelyn Goodnight (Illustrator)

Sharice’s Big Voice by Sharice Davids  (Author), Nancy K. Mays  (Author), Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley  (Illustrator)

The Wolf Mother (Mothers of Xsan, 5) (Volume 5) by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson (Author), Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)

The Frog Mother (Mothers of Xsan, 4) (Volume 4)  by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson (Author), Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)

Mii maanda ezhi gkendmaanh by Brittany Luby (Author), Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckly (Illustrator)

On The Trapline  by Julie Flett

Jingle Dancer by Cynthis Leitich Smith

 The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross by Traci Sorell

I Sang you down from the stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner

Early Chapter Books

Jo Jo Makoons by Dawn Quigley

Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Author), Marybeth Timothy (Illustrator)

Middle Grades

Native Women Changing their Worlds  by Patricia Cutright

Chief Bender’s Burden By Tom Swift

The case of the burgled bundle by Michael Hutchinson

Sisters of the neversea  by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young

Dreaming in Indian; Contemporary Native American Voices  Edited by Lisa Charleyby, Mary Beth Leatherdale

Indian No More – Charlene Willing McManis, Traci Sorell

High School

The dine reader edited  by Esther G. Belin, Jeff Berghund, Connie A. Jacobs, and Anthony K. Webster

Firekeepers daughter by Angeline Boulley

Rain is not my Indian name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Everything you wanted to know about Indians by Anton Treuer

Fire song Adam Garnet Jones

the marrow thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Dreaming in Indian; Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy (Editor), Mary Beth Leatherdale (Editor)

The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo

If I Ever Get Out Of Here – Eric Gansworth

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage – In This Together

Cross Over & Adult Books

When the light of the world was subdued by Joy Harjo

There there by Tommy Orange*

An American sunrise by Joy Harjo*

Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo

The inconvenient Indian; A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King*

where the dead sit talking– Brandon Hobson

Shapes of Native Nonfiction; Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers Elissa Washuta (Editor), Theresa Warburton (Editor)

The Night Watchmen – Louise Erdrich

The Lesser Blessed – Richard Van Camp

Keepers of the Morning Star: An Anthology of Native Women’s Theater Jaye T. Darby (Editor), Stephanie Fitzgerald (Editor)

One Native Life by Richard Wagamese*

Savage Kin by Margaret Bruchac

The Sacred Hoop by Paula Gunn Allen*

*previous book club book