Indigenous Voices & Perspectives – An All Ages Booklist

November marks National Native American Heritage Month, an opportunity for every person in the nation to reflect on our shared nation’s history and honor the Tribal Nations and tribal citizens who called this land home long before the United States became a country. Here’s our booklist to use as a starting place to read more beloved stories by Indigenous authors and about Native American history and heritage! To read summaries or place a hold, click on the link.

Picture Books

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child
Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! By Art Coulson
Sharice’s Big Voice: a Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice David
We All Play by Julie Flett
Wild Berries by Julie Flett
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard
When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson
Powwow Day by Traci Sorell
We Are Grateful : Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell
Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
First Laugh: Welcome, Baby! By Rose Ann Tahe
Nibi’s Water Song by Sunshine Tenasco
We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp

Middle Grade Books
Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
The Sea In Winter by Christine Day
She Persisted: Maria Tallchief by Christine Day
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis
Jo Jo Makoons by Dawn Quigley
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young

Young Adult Books
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Power of Style by Christian Allaire
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
The Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón
The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson
Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
If I Go Missing by Brianna Jonnie
Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew
Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Mary Beth Leatherdale
Ready When You Are by Gary Lonesborough
Imaginary Borders by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthis Leitich Smith
Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer
When a Ghost Talks, Listen by Tim Tingle

Adult Books
Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes
Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
We Refuse to Forget: a True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power by Caleb Gayle
Dog Flowers by Danielle Geller
An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo
The Removed by Brandon Hobson
Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
Calling For a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans in Comedy by Kliph Nesteroff
There There by Tommy Orange
Canyon Dreams: a Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation by Michael Powell
The Science of the Sacred by Nicole Revers
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
Come Home, Indio by Jim Terry
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
Iwígara : American Indian ethnobotanical traditions and science by Enrique Salmón
This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples
When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky by Margaret Verble
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson