Indigenous Peoples Literature


Those who were living in the Chequamegon Bay long before the European settlement have many names: Anishinabek, Ojibwe, Chippewa, Anishinaabe, American Indian, Native American and Indian.  This collection highlights books with indigenous people as the subject and often as the creator. The goal is to celebrate and honor the culture and legacy of native people.  It is not exhaustive and If you would like to suggest additions to the collection, please send a note  To find more books in the library visit our Indigenous Peoples section, look for books with a blue dot on the spine or ask a librarian, we are happy to help.  There are links listed below from a presentation by educator Dr. Debbie Reese.  

Books for Kids

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

Bowwow Powwow: Bagosenjige-Niimi'idim by Brenda Child

Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

Blueberry Patch = Meennunyakaa by Jennifer Leason

Keeshig & the Ojibwe Pterodactyls by Keeshig Spade

First Laugh Welcome, Baby! by Rose Ann Tahe

The Range Eternal by Lousie Erdrich

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew

Shi-Shi-etko by Nicola Campbell

The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation by Alice McGinty

On the Trapline by David Robertson 

Books for Teens & Tweens

The Mishomis Book: the Voice of the Ojibway by Edward Benton-Banai

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson

A Boy Called Slow: the True Story of Sitting Bull by Joseph Bruchac

Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis

Mary and the Trail of Tears by Andrea Rogers

Sisters of Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations by Susan Shown Harjo

Resources Shared During Dr. Debbie Reese's Presentation at the Dakota County Library