This list is drawn from books recommended by Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL). Visit the AICL website and subscribe to the AICL blog for many more recommendations (including a list of best books), critical reviews, and current news.
Titles that we recommend are featured below with cover images. The ones with reviews are noted with an asterisk (*). Some titles are recommended with a caveat. At the end of this page, we provide a list of titles on this theme, with reviews, that we do not recommend.
- Native Writers Sign Letter Submitted for US House Committee Hearing
- Tips for Teachers: Developing Instructional Materials about American Indians
- Creating a Library Atmosphere that Welcomes American Indians
- Milestones: Indigenous Peoples and Children's Literature
- Critical Indigenous Literacies: Selecting and Using Children’s Books about Indigenous Peoples
- Native American Literature in Your Classroom
- Worksheet for Selecting Native American Children’s Literature
- Heartdrum Educator Guide
- "Debbie, can you recommend some books about Thanksgiving?"
- Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms with Visual Examples
- Native Ways of Knowing Booklist
- Banning of Native Voices/Books
- The Brave by James Bird
- Cheyenne Again by Eve Bunting
- Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
- I Am Birch by Scott Kelley
- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
- kimotinâniwiw itwêwina / Stolen Words by Melanie Florence
- Kiska by John Smelcer
- The Medicine Wheel by Teddy Anderson
- My Heart is on the Ground by Ann Rinaldi
- Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
- The Secret Project by Jonah Winter
- Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
- Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon
To read more, see America Indians in Children's Literature list of "not recommended" books.
Most of the books on these lists are linked for more information or purchase to Bookshop (an indie bookstore platform) and / or Powells.com (an independent, unionized bookstore). A small percentage from book sales through these links goes to Teaching for Change.