National Native American Heritage Month Books for Children

Check out some of our recommended picture books, fiction, non-fiction titles for children for National Native American Heritage Month.

Fry bread : a Native American family story by Kevin Noble Maillard. Request this title.

Told in powerful verse, Fry Bread is an evocative story about family, history, culture, and traditions, new and old.

Birdsong by Julie Flett. Request this title.

When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of nature and art.

Zoe and the fawn by Catherine Jameson. Request this title.

Zoe and her father find a lone fawn in the forest in this picture book for young readers.

Kamik’s first sled by Matilda Suluaryok. Request this title.

Jake’s puppy is growing quickly, but as Jake soon realizes, he isn’t becoming any easier to handle. All Jake wants is to raise his puppy to be a strong, fast sled dog, but Kamik is far from ready to pull a sled with a dog team.

Rabbit’s snow dance : a traditional Iroquois story as told by James and Joseph Bruchac. Request this title.

Rabbit loves the winter. He knows a dance, using an Iroquois drum and song, to make it snow–even in summertime When rabbit decides that it should snow early, he starts his dance and the snow begins to fall.

Bowwow powwow : bagosenjige-niimi’idim by Brenda J. Child. Request this title.

The best days of summer end at the powwow, but Windy Girl takes the revelry of the gathering one step farther, into a dreamworld where the dancers and singers are dogs.

We are water protectors by Carole Lindstrom. Request this title.

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all… When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

We are grateful : otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell. Request this title.

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to express gratitude. Journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Mary and the Trail of Tears : a Cherokee removal survival story by Andrea L. Rogers. Request this title.

Twelve-year-old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838. From the beginning of the forced move, Mary and her family are separated from her father.

I can make this promise by Christine Day. Request this title.

When twelve-year-old Edie finds letters and photographs in her attic that change everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother’s adoption, she realizes she has a lot to learn about her family’s history and her own identity.

In the footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall. Request this title.

Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present.