about Native American young people
Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne
abandoned by her deceased Arapaho mother and her explorer father,
Adaline Falling Star runs away from the prejudiced cousins with whom
she is staying and comes close to death in the wilderness, with only a
mongrel dog for company.
Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves by Peter & Connie
helps her father Sequoyah in his quest to create a system of writing
for his people.
Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives
through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in
Lake Superior in 1847.
The Buffalo Jump by Peter Roop
and resentful that the honor of leading the buffalo stampede is given
to his older brother, Little Blaze, the Blackfeet's fastest runner,
must make a difficult decision when his brother's life is endangered.
Crossing the Starlight Bridge by Alice Mead
Rayanne's life turns upside down when her father leaves and she has to
move off the Penobscot reservation and go to live with her
grandmother. J Mead
by Audrey Osofsky
the land of the Ojibway a baby sleeps, protected from bad dreams, as
the life of the tribe goes on around him.
by Jane Yolen
Taino Indian boy on the island of San Salvador recounts the landing of
Columbus and his men in 1492. J
Night by Carole Gerber
young Chippewa girl follows a firefly as it reveals the secrets of the
night, the many creatures that share her forest home, on her way to
sleep. E Gerb
Talent by Redwing T. Nez
who lives on an Indian reservation with his grandparents, finds that
his way of painting is in conflict with what his grandfather calls the
“Navajo Way”. J Nez
Song by Joseph Bruchac
the death of her Indian great-grandmother, Jamie remembers the many
special things the old woman shared with her about the natural world.
of the Shining Mountains: Sacagawea's Story by Peter & Connie
describes how, at the age of sixteen, she becomes part of the Lewis
and Clark Expedition and serves as their interpreter and guide,
surviving many dangerous adventures on their trek through the
wilderness. J Roop
Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild
horses where she is truly happy and free.
Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo
her good luck cat Woogie has already used up eight of his nine lives
in narrow escapes from disaster, a Native American girl worries when
he disappears. E Hari
Dreamcatcher by Becky
spending a week with her grandmother who like her, is a Chippewa
Indian, Kimmy learns to make a dreamcatcher that allows the sleeper to
have only sweet dreams. E
by Michael Dorris
and Trouble, an Algonquin boy and girl, struggle with the problems of
growing up in the Massachusetts area during the time of the first
Thanksgiving. J Dorr
by Jean Craighead George
Julie returns to her father's Inuit village, she struggles to find a
way to save her beloved wolves in a changing Arctic world and she
falls in love with a young Siberian man.
Leaf First Snowflake to Fall by Leo Yerxa
Indian parent and child move through the forest and over a pond as
nature passes from fall to winter.
Than Half, More Than Whole by Kathleen & Michael Lacapa
child who is only part Native American is troubled by his mixed racial
heritage. E Laca
Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is
unconditional. E Joos
Nations: An Alphabet of Native America by Joseph Bruchac
and brief text present aspects of the lives of the many varied native
peoples across North America. E
Girl by Michael Dorris
Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother Star Boy, who loves
the night, take turns describing their life on an island in
pre-Columbian America. J
Will Be Swimming by Cheryl Savageau
Native American girl's feelings are hurt when schoolmates make fun of
the children who live at the lake, but then her grampa tells her a
Seneca folktale that reminds her how much she appreciates her home and
her place in the world. J
Heart is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl
(Dear America) by Ann Rinaldi
the diary account of her life at a government-run Pennsylvania
boarding school in 1880, a twelve-year-old Sioux Indian girl reveals a
great need to find a way to help her people.
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
small Inuit boy discovers that Mother's lap is a very special place
with room for everyone. E
the Long Trail Home by Elisabeth Jane Stewart
and her brother Tahlikwa escape from the Cherokee people being herded
westward on the Trail of Tears, determined to return to their beloved
mountain home. E Stew
Powwow by Linda Theresa Raczek
Native American girl attends the traditional powwow where she is
expected to choose for herself a specific form of dance and receive
her special name. E Racz
Seasons and Someone by Virginia Kroll
young Inuit girl witnesses the changing seasons in Alaska.
Behind Trees by Michael Dorris
Native American boy with a special gift to “see” beyond his poor
eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty.
Song by Ron Hirschi
some traditional Clallam words, a young Indian describes the natural
surroundings and activities of the Clallam, or S'Klallam, people
through the seasons of the year.
by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the
SkySpirits’ (the Northern Lights) midnight dance.
and Compiled by L. Baldwin