Native American Heritage Month explores, acknowledges and celebrates Native American heritage independent of dominant culture's motifs and stereotypes. The following list of books and resources depart from fictitious "Thanksgiving" narratives typically highlighted in November and allow children and adults explore the rich, real, nurturing, complex, contemporary and multifaceted reality of native lives. Most of these children's books are #ownvoices—featuring Native authors.
When reading children's books about Native peoples, please keep in mind these criteria proffered by Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe' Pueblo), founder of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL). AICL supports children, families, educators, and community members to grow in understanding and appreciation of accurate representation of Native people in children's and young adult books.
The following books are available in CLERC collections at the Bend, Redmond or Madras campuses. Please click on title links to check locations.
This guide by COCC Barber Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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