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Diverse Children's Literature: Indigenous

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Possible search terms: Indigenous, American Indians, Native Americans, Aboriginal, specific names of tribes and bands (e.g., Choctaw, Tlingit, Miami)

Picture Books and Early Readers

At the Mountain's Base
Bad River Boys
Crossing Bok Chitto
Fry Bread
Gift Horse
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
In My Anaana's Amautik
Johnny's Pheasant
The Sockeye Mother
Siha Tooskin Knows the Strength of His Hair
Thunder Boy Jr
We Are Water Protectors
Wilma's Way Home
Zoe and the Fawn

Middle Grade

Apple in the Middle
The Barren Grounds
The Birchbark House
The Brave
How I Became a Ghost
I Can Make This Promise
I Will See You Again
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Indian No More
March Toward the Thunder
Race to the Sun
Sitting Bull
Stone River Crossing
Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume 1
Talking Leaves

Young Adult

Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me
Hearts Unbroken
The House of Purple Cedar
If I Ever Get Out of Here
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People
Killer of Enemies
The Marrow Thieves
My Name Is Not Easy
Fighter in Velvet Gloves
Reawakening Our Ancestors' Lines
Speaking Our Truth
This Place