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Picture Books with Native American/American Indian/First Nations Characters/Themes @ Staley Library
All Around Us by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.G6533 Al 2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-17
Finding circles everywhere, a grandfather and his granddaughter meditate on the cycles of life and nature.
The Angry Moon by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.S627 AN
Publication Date: 1970
An Indian girl insults the moon and is held prisoner by him until her friend reaches the sky country to rescue her.
Arrow to the Sun by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.M159 AR
Publication Date: 1974-06-10
An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.
At the Mountain's Base by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.S6777 At 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-17
At the mountain's base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family -- loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. The strength in their song sustains them through trials on the ground and in the sky, as they wait for their loved one, a pilot, to return home.
Bowwow Powwow by
Call Number: JUV. E98.P86 C58 2018
Publication Date: 2018-05-01
When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers in their jingle dresses and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle's stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers–all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.
Buffalo Woman by
Call Number: JUV. E98.F6 G62
Publication Date: 1984-03-01
A young hunter marries a female buffalo in the form of a beautiful maiden, but when his people reject her he must pass several tests before being allowed to join the buffalo nation.
Caribou Song by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H5444 Car 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-31
Joe and Cody are young Cree brothers who follow the caribou all year long, tucked into their dog sled with Mama and Papa. To entice the wandering herds, Joe plays his accordion and Cody dances, whirling like a young caribou. They are so busy playing and dancing, they don't hear the rumble of the caribou. Bursting from the forest, ten thousand animals fill the meadow. Joe is engulfed; he can barely see Cody a few yards away. Their parents seem to have disappeared. And yet what should be a moment of terror turns into something mystical and magical, as the boys open their arms and their hearts to embrace the caribou spirit.
The Christmas Coat by
Call Number: JUV. PS3569.N474 Z46 2011
Publication Date: 2011-07-29
Virginia and her brother are never allowed to pick first from the donation boxes at church because their father is the priest, and she is heartbroken when another girl gets the beautiful coat that she covets.
Crossing Bok Chitto by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.T489 C7 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
In the 1800s, a Choctaw girl becomes friends with a slave boy from a plantation across the great river, and when she learns that his family is in trouble, she helps them cross to freedom.
Death of the Iron Horse by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.G5384 D4
Publication Date: 1987-03-31
In an act of bravery and defiance against the white men encroaching on their territory in 1867, a group of young Cheyenne braves derail and raid a freight train.
Dragonfly Kites by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H5444 Dr 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-15
Dragonfly Kites refers to "kites" made by tying a string around the middles of dragonflies. Two Cree brothers in northern Manitoba fly these kites during the day, but at night fly themselves in their dreams. This is the second book in the Magical Songs of the North Wind trilogy.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.L788 Enc 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-01
Awakened gently by Sun, Sailor sets off to explore new lands where he meets Fisher, and although they speak and dress differently, they find they have much in common. Includes author's note about the first encounter between a European explorer and a Native North American.
Fall in Line, Holden by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.V3343 Fal 2017
Publication Date: 2017-07-01
Fall in Line, Holden! tells the story of a young Navajo student named Holden as he ventures through boarding school while constantly being told to fall in line. While surrounded by a world that requires him to conform and follow strict rules, Holden's imagination creates a colorful world of excitement.
Fry Bread by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.M34683 Fry 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-22
Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes.
The Gift of the Sacred Dog by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.G537 GIF
Publication Date: 1980
The Great Spirit gives the sacred dog to an Indian boy seeking relief for his hungry people.
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.G537 GI
Publication Date: 1978-01-01
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.
Gluskabe and the Four Wishes by
Call Number: JUV. E99.A13 B781995
Publication Date: 1995-02-02
Four Abenaki men set out on a difficult journey to ask the great hero Gluskabe to grant each his fondest wish.
Go Show the World by
Call Number: JUV. E89 .K55 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-11
Using rhyming lyrics from a previously written rap song, Midewin author, Manitoba politician, and creator Kinew tells the stories of diverse Indigenous heroes both historical and contemporary from the U.S. and Canada.
The Great Race by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.G537 GR
Publication Date: 1985-08-01
A retelling of the Cheyenne and Sioux myth about the Great Race, a contest called by the Creator to settle the question whether man or buffalo should have supremacy and thus become the guardians of Creation.
Her Seven Brothers by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.G537 HER
Publication Date: 1988-03-31
Retells the Cheyenne legend in which a girl and her seven chosen brothers become the Big Dipper.
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.R635 Hi 2015 BOOK
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear. Includes historical notes.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.G3465 Ho 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-01
An empowering celebration of identity, acceptance and Hawaiian culture based on the true story of a young girl in Hawai'i who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school. Ho'onani feels in-between. She doesn't see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She's happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way. When Ho'onani finds out that there will be a school performance of a traditional kane hula chant, she wants to be part of it. But can a girl really lead the all-male troupe? Ho'onani has to try...
I Am Not a Number by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.D87 Iam 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
When Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school, she is confused, frightened and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite being told to do otherwise. When she goes home for summer holidays, her parents decide never to send her away again, but where will she hide and what will happen when her parents disobey the law?
I Lost My Talk by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3 .J5846
Publication Date: 2021-03-08
One of Rita Joe's most influential poems, "I Lost My Talk" tells the revered Mi'kmaw Elder's childhood story of losing her language while a resident of the residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. An often quoted piece in this era of truth and reconciliation, Joe's powerful words explore and celebrate the survival of Mi'kmaw culture and language despite its attempted eradication. A companion book to the simultaneously published I'm Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas, I Lost My Talk is a necessary reminder of a dark chapter in Canada's history, a powerful reading experience, and an effective teaching tool for young readers of all cultures and backgrounds. Includes a biography of Rita Joe and striking colour illustrations by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young.
Iktomi and the Berries by
Call Number: JUV. E78.G73 G62
Publication Date: 1992-08-01
Relates Iktomi's fruitless efforts to pick some buffalo berries.
Jingle Dancer by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.S64464 J5 2000
Publication Date: 2000-04-05
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.
Knots on a Counting Rope by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M3643 K5
Publication Date: 1987-10-15
Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses and his grandfather reminisce about the young boy's birth, his first horse, and an excitiing horse race.
The Legend of Scarface by
Call Number: JUV. E99.S54 S16
Publication Date: 1987-05-01
A retelling of a Blackfeet Indian legend in which a young brave travels to the land of the Sun to ask for the hand of his beloved.
Little You by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.V327 Li 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honors the child in everyone.
Mama, Do You Love Me? by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.J7435 M3 1991
Publication Date: 1991-06-01
A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is unconditional.
Moon Mother by
Call Number: JUV. E98.F6 W825 1993
Publication Date: 1993-09-01
A retelling of a traditional Native American tale in which the Spirit that made animals and people falls in love with a Woman Spirit who becomes the moon he carries through the sky every night.
Meet Christopher by
Call Number: JUV. E99.O8 C677 2008
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Celebrates the Osage Indian tribal culture through the daily life of Christopher Cote.
Mission to Space by
Call Number: JUV. TL789.85.H47 M58 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-01
Astronaut John Herrington shares his passion for space travel and his Chickasaw heritage as he gives children a glimpse into his astronaut training at NASA and his mission to the International Space Station. Learn what it takes to train for space flight, see the tasks he completed in space, and join him on his spacewalk 220 miles above the earth. This unique children s book is illustrated with photos from Herrington's training and space travel and includes an English-to-Chickasaw vocabulary list with space-related terms.
My Heart Fills with Happiness by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.G73 My 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
Nannabah's Friend by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.P434 N3
Publication Date: 1989-10-01
A Navajo girl feels lonely tending sheep by herself for the first time until she makes some dolls to keep her company and, even better, meets a new friend.
The Pencil by
Call Number: JUV. PS8601.V58 P46 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-03
Susan and her sister, Rebecca, love watching their mother write letters to people in other camps. Their mother has one precious pencil, and she keeps it safe in her box for special things. One afternoon, their mother leaves the iglu to help a neighbour, and Susan, Rebecca, and their brother Peter are left with their father. They play all their regular games but are soon out of things to do―until their father brings out the pencil! As Susan draws and draws, the pencil grows shorter and shorter. What will their mother think when she comes home?
The People Shall Continue by
Call Number: JUV. E77.4 .O77 2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-09
The People Shall Continue was originally published in 1977. It is a story of Indigenous peoples of the Americas, specifically in the US, as they endeavor to live on lands they have known to be their traditional homelands from time immemorial. Even though the prairies, mountains, valleys, deserts, river bottomlands, forests, coastal regions, swamps and other wetlands across the nation are not as vast as they used to be, all of the land is still considered to be the homeland of the people.
A River Ran Wild by
Call Number: JUV. F72.N37 C44 1992
Publication Date: 1992-03-15
An environmental history of the Nashua River, from its discovery by Indians through the polluting years of the Industrial Revolution to the ambitious clean-up that revitalized it.
The Rough-Face Girl by
Call Number: JUV. E99.A349 M37 1998
Publication Date: 1998-04-13
In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.
Shanyaak'utlaax̲ = Salmon boy by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1 .S43 2017
Publication Date: 2017-09-01
After a Tlingit mother gives her son a dried piece of salmon with mold on the end, he flings it away in disgust, committing a taboo. This offends the Salmon People, who sweep him into the water and into their world, where they name him Shanyaak'utlaax̲ or Salmon Boy. Find out what happens to Shanyaak'utlaax̲ in this ancient Tlingit story.
Sitting Bull by
Call Number: JUV. E99.D1 N46 2015
Publication Date: 2015-11-03
Sitting Bull (c. 1831-1890) was one of the greatest Lakota/Sioux warriors and chiefs who ever lived. From Sitting Bull's childhood -- killing his first buffalo at age 10 -- to being named war chief to leading his people against the U.S. Army, this book brings the story of the great chief to light. Sitting Bull was instrumental in the war against the invasive wasichus (white men) and was at the forefront of the combat, including the Battles of Killdeer Mountain and the Little Bighorn. He and Crazy Horse were the last Lakota/Sioux to surrender their people to the U.S. government and resort to living on a reservation.
Snorri and the Strangers by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B4312 S6
Publication Date: 1976-09-01
Norse settlers in the New World encounter hostile natives and finally decide to return to their home land.
Call Number: JUV. E99.C6 S32 1997
Publication Date: 1997-05-12
Although she is mocked and mistreated by her two older sisters, an Indian maiden wins a mighty invisible warrior for her husband with her kind and honest heart.
Squanto's Journey by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B82816 S6 2000
Publication Date: 2000-09-15
Squanto recounts how in 1614 he was captured by the British, sold into slavery in Spain, and ultimately returned to the New World to become a guide and friend for the colonists.
Star Boy by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.G537 S8
Publication Date: 1983-03-01
Relates the Blackfoot Indian legend in which Star Boy gains the Sun's forgiveness for his mother's disobedience and is allowed to return to the Sky World.
Stolen Words by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.F595 Sto 2017
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
This picture book explores the intergenerational impact of Canada's residential school system that separated Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down and shared through generations, and how healing can also be shared. Stolen Words captures the beautiful, healing relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks him how to say something in his language - Cree - her grandpa admits that his words were stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather regain his language.
Thunder Boy Jr. by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.A382 Th 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.
The Turkey Girl by
Call Number: JUV. E99.Z9 P65 1996
Publication Date: 1996-04-01
To a young girl who tends turkeys for a living, an opportunity to go to The Dance of the Scared Bird seems but a distant dream.
We Are Still Here! by
Call Number: JUV. E77.4 .S625 2021
Publication Date: 2021-04-20
A group of Native American kids from different tribes presents twelve historical and contemporary time periods, struggles, and victories to their classmates, each ending with a powerful refrain: we are still here!
We Are Water Protectors by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.L6623 We 2020
Publication Date: 2020-03-17
Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all ... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.
When I Was Eight by
Call Number: JUV. E99.E7 P577 2013
Publication Date: 2013-02-01
Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. Ignoring her father’s warnings, she travels far from her Arctic home to the outsiders’ school to learn. The nuns at the school call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do menial chores, but she remains undaunted. Her tenacity draws the attention of a black-cloaked nun who tries to break her spirit at every turn. But the young girl is more determined than ever to learn how to read. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by stunning illustrations, When I Was Eight makes the bestselling Fatty Legs accessible to younger readers. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.
Where the Buffaloes Begin by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B174 W5
Publication Date: 1985-11-06
After hearing the legend retold by the tribe's oldest member, Little Wolf hopes to someday witness the beginning of the buffaloes at the sacred lake.