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Stories of Native Americans

Though some are contemporary coming-of-age stories and others retellings of traditional myths, these books about native peoples all over North America emphasize the revelatory powers of Mother Nature and the tremendous strength of one's own spirit.
 

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Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale
 by Gerald McDermott
Illuminate your senses with this Caldecott-winning myth about the origins of the sun. 

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
Experience the brisk beauty in this Caldecott winner's depiction of a spirited, horse-loving girl.Learn more.

If You Lived with the Sioux Indians by Ellen Levine
Learn about what life was like for Sioux boys and girls, from family dynamics to a first buffalo hunt.

The Mud Pony by Caron Lee Cohen 
Witness the miraculous transformation of mud to horse, and the life-changing effect it has on a Pawnee boy. Learn more. 

Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling
Discover the extraordinary, Caldecott-honored voyage of a toy canoe navigating the waters from Lake Michigan to the Atlantic. 

 

Chapter Books


The Birchbark House
 by Louise Erdrich
Spend a year with the Ojibwa tribe — through playing with ravens, berry-picking, bear attacks, and smallpox outbreaks.

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen
Join the harrowing, enlightening, Newbery-honored journey of an Inuit boy searching for himself and his heritage. Learn more.

The Girl Who Married the Moon: Tales From Native North America by Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Ross
Understand the influence of Native American women in 16 stories of adventure, romance, and rites of passage. Learn more. 

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Experience the calm, strength, and splendor of this Newbery Award-winning novel about a Native American girl's 18-year stay on an abandoned island. Learn more. 

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Straddle the chasm between traditional and modern, Eskimos and white people, in this Newbery Award-winning book about a girl finding herself in the tundra. Learn more. 

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac
Venture into this spine-tingling mystery that can only be unlocked by Mohawk lore. Learn more. 

Smiler's Bones by Peter Lerangis
Uncover the true story of an Eskimo boy who is treated like an artifact, not a human, at the Museum of Natural History. Learn more. 

The World Before This One: A Novel Told in Legend by Rafe Martin
Weave through 14 Seneca tales that pack one spellbinding punch. 

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