This list is by Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL). AICL provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. 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. We also encourage you to read:
- 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
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Titles with reviews on this site are noted with an asterisk (*).