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Native American Booklist

NEA created the following reading list, which includes titles ranging from such pre-K classics as Mama, Do You Love Me? to books in Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn series, which have been thrilling young (and older) adults for decades.

The following titles are listed by grade level and include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Grades K-4

  • Baby Rattlesnake by Te Ata. Illustrated by Lynn Moroney. Children's Press (1991).
  • A Boy Called Slow: The True Story of Sitting Bull by Joseph Bruchac. Putnam (1994)
  • Crazy Horse's Vision by Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by S.D. Nelson. Lee and Low Books (2000)
  • The Boy Who Dreamed of an Acorn by Leigh Casler. Illustrated by Shonto Begay. Putnam Books (1994).
  • Drumbeat?Heartbeat: A Celebration of the Powwow by Susan Braine. Lerner Publications (1995).
  • Earth Daughter: Alicia of Acoma Pueblo by George Ancona. Macmillan (1995).
  • Enduring Wisdom by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneave. Illustrated by Synthia St. James. Holiday House (2003).
  • Full Moon Stories by Eagle Walking Turtle. Hyperion (1997).
  • The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble. Bradbury (1978).
  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Jake Swamp and Erwin Printup. Lee and Low Books (1995).
  • The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo. Illustrated by Paul Lee. Harcourt (2000).
  • Grandmother's Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain. Albert Whitman and Company (1998).
  • Grandmother's Pigeon by Louise Erdrich. Hyperion Books (1996).
  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Illustrated by Cornelius Wright. HarperCollins (2000).
  • Knots on a Counting Rope by John Archambault. Illustrated by Ted Rand. Owlet (1997).
  • The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman by Paul Goble. Illustrated by Paul Goble. National Geographic (1998).
  • Less Than Half, More Than Whole by Kathleen LaCapa. Illustrated by Michael LaCapa. Northland Press (1994).
  • The Magic Hummingbird translated by Ekkehart Malotki, narrated by Michael Lomatuway'Ma. Illustrated by Michael Lacapa. Kiva (1996).
  • Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joose. Illustrated by Barbara LaVallee. Chronicle Books (1998).
  • A Man Called Raven by Richard Van Camp. Illustrated by George Littlechild. Children's Book Press (1997).
  • Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America by Joseph Bruchac. Illustrated by Robert F. Goetzi. Northland Publishers (1996).
  • My Arctic 1,2,3 by Michael Kusagak. Illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka. Annick Press (1996).
  • Powwow by George Ancona. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993).
  • Return of the Buffaloes by Paul Goble. Illustrated by Paul Goble. National Geographic (1996).
  • Sing Down the Rain by Judi Moreillon. Illustrated by Michael Chiago. Kiva Publishing (1997).
  • Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief. Viking Press (1999).
  • This Land is Your Land by George Littlechild. Children's Press (1993).
  • What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? by Richard Van Camp. Illustrated by George Littlechild. Children's Book Press (1998).
  • When the Rain Sings by the National Museum of the American Indian. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers (1999).

Grades 5-8

  • Arctic Memories by Normee Ekoomiak. Holt (1988).
  • Arrow Over the Door by Joseph Bruchac. Dial (1998).
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Harper (1999).
  • Children of the Sun: Stories by and About Indian Kids by Beverly Hungry Wolf. William Morrow (1998).
  • Did You Hear Wind Sing Your Name? An Oneida Song of Spring by Sandra DeCoteau. Walker & Company (1995).
  • Dancing Teepees: Poems of American Indian Youth by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneave. Holiday House (1988).
  • Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition by Sally M. Hunter. Lerner (1997).
  • Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith. HarperCollins (2002).
  • Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa by Shonto Begay. Illustrated by Shonto Begay. Scholastic (1995).
  • Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails by Michael Kusugak. Illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka. Annick Press (1993).
  • The Path of the Quiet Elk by Virginia Stroud. Dial Books (1999).
  • Pushing Up the Sky by Joseph Bruchac. Dial Books for Young Readers (2000).
  • Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith. HarperCollins (2001).
  • Soul Would Have No Rainbow If the Eyes Had No Tears and Other Native American Proverbs by Guy A. Zona. Touchstone Books (1994).
  • The Ways of My Grandmothers Beverly Hungry Wolf. William Morrow (1998).
  • Wonderful Sky Boat and Other Native American Tales of the Southeast by Jane Louise Curry. Illustrated by James Watts. Margaret McElderry Books (2001).

Grades 9 and Up

  • After and Before the Lightening by Simon Ortiz. University of Arizona Press (1994).
  • Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter by Janet Campbell Hale. University of Arizona Press (1993).
  • Encyclopedia of American Indian Civil Rights by James Stuart Olson (editor), Mark Baxter (editor), Darren Pierson (editor), and Jason M. Tetzloff (editor). Greenwood (1997).
  • Food and Spirits by Beth Brant. Oyate (1991).
  • Full Moon on the Reservation by Gloria Bird. Greenfield Review Press (1998).
  • A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection of North American Indian Women edited by Beth Brant. Firebrand Books (1989).
  • Ghost Dance: New and Selected Poems by Dorise Seale. Oyate (2001).
  • Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King. Bantam (1993).
  • Here First: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers edited by Arnold Krupet. Modern Library (2001).
  • House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday. University of Arizona Press (1966).
  • The Joe Leaphorn Series by Tony Hillerman. HarperCollins. (1989-2002).
  • Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. HarperPerennial (1994).
  • Power by Linda Hogan. W.W. Norton and Company (1999).
  • Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac. HarperCollins (2001).
  • Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing by Simon Ortiz. University of Arizona Press (1998).
  • The Woman Who Watches the World by Linda Hogan. W.W. Norton and Company (2001).

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