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Children's Picture Books
Call Number: Curriculum Lab Display ; PZ7.1.G614 Be 2022
Publication Date: 2022-07-19
Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade's first self-authored picture book is a gorgeous celebration of the land she knows well and the powerful wisdom of elders. On an island at the edge of a wide, wild sea, a girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth. Salmon from the stream, herring eggs from the ocean, and in the forest, a world of berries. Salmonberry, Cloudberry, Blueberry, Nagoonberry. Huckleberry, Snowberry, Strawberry, Crowberry. Through the seasons, they sing to the land as the land sings to them. Brimming with joy and gratitude, in every step of their journey, they forge a deeper kinship with both the earth and the generations that came before, joining in the song that connects us all. Michaela Goade's luminous rendering of water and forest, berries and jams glows with her love of the land and offers an invitation to readers to deepen their own relationship with the earth.
Julie Flett (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.F637 Bi 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-08
When Katherena and her mother move to a small town, Katherena feels lonely and out of place. But when she meets an elderly woman artist who lives next door, named Agnes--her world starts to change. Katherena and Agnes share the same passions for arts and crafts, birds, and nature. But as the seasons change, can Katherna navigate the failing health of her new friend? Award-winning author and artist Julie Flett's textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships, shared passions, and spending time outdoors with the ones we love. Includes a glossary and pronunciation guide to Cree words that appear in the text.
A Day with Yayah
Nicola I. Campbell; Julie Flett (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.C15535 Day 2018
Publication Date: 2017-10-31
A cheerful story from a renowned Canadian children's book author and an award-winning illustrator. Set in the Nicola Valley, British Columbia, in Canada's westernmost province, a First Nations family goes on an outing to forage for herbs and mushrooms. A grandmother passes down her knowledge of plant life and the natural world to her young grandchildren.
Kevin Noble Maillard; Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.1.M34682 Fr 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-22
Fry bread is food. It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate. Fry bread is time. It brings families together for meals and new memories. Fry bread is nation. It might look or taste different, but it is still shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond. Fry bread is us. It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference. Fry Bread is a story told in lively and powerful verse by Seminole Nation member Kevin Noble Maillard, with vibrant art from Pura Belpre Award winner Juana Martinez-Neal.
The Ghost Dance
Alice McLerran; Paul Morin (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; E98.R3 M35 2016
Publication Date: 2018-12-14
The bountiful world of their ancestors was no more the result of white settlers' relentless westward movement in the U.S. A Paiute visionary, Tavibo, and his son each dreamed that if Native peoples danced, the white people would disappear and the ghosts of the wildlife that had been decimated would return. The ghost dance movement began in the U.S. in the 1800s, in hope as native peoples came together to dance for their shared dream. The dream failed and they tried again. Again the dream failed tragically. But the vision and the dream still call out to all people, envisioning a future when all Indian peoples would be united, disease would vanish, and the earth would be regenerated and restored.
Historias y Leyendas Indígenas Americanas
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; E98.F6 C4818 2019
Publication Date: 2019-08-01
American Indians have always told stories filled with characters, creatures, and legends that have fascinated people around the world. This book mixes dramatic retellings and nonfiction information to give a full picture of American Indian stories, exploring the gods, goddesses, heroes, villains, tricksters, and quests that make American Indian stories and legends so compelling. Fully translated Spanish text. Los relatos de los indígenas americanos están llenos de personajes, criaturas y leyendas que fascinan a la gente en todo el mundo. Esta serie combina espectaculares relatos e información de no ficción que ofrecen una imagen completa sobre las historias de los aborígenes de América del Norte. Este libro ecxplora los dioses y diosas, héroes, villanos, estafadores y aventuras que hacen fascinantes estos mitos y leyendas.
The Hunter's Promise
Joseph Bruchac; Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; E99.A13 B782 2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-07
"Promise to remember me " was all the beautiful woman had ever said to the hunter. She had appeared from nowhere one day, when he had been lonely during the long winter hunting trip. Isolated in the vast wilderness of the northeast, he would only return to his village in the spring. Except that this year he would not be alone, because she had appeared. The hunter had quickly fallen in love with the mysterious woman, and together they had become their own little family. But when spring arrived and it was time to return to the village, she disappeared just as suddenly as she had arrived. Would he ever see his love again? The hunter didn t know, but he was sure he would keep his promise and never forget her. That is, until one day the chief s daughter cast a spell on him World-renowned storyteller Joseph Bruchac retells this traditional story of love, loyalty, trust, and magic, which can be found in various forms among many of the indigenous nations of the northeast, both Iroquoian and Algonquin. Join him and award-winning illustrator Bill Farnsworth, as they recount this ancient and unique Abenaki tale of keeping a promise to one s family and of the proper relationship of humans to the natural world."
Kimotinâniwiw Itwêwina / Stolen Words
Melanie Florence; Gabrielle Grimard (Illustrator); Dolores Sand (Translator); Gayle Weenie (Translator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PS8611.L668 S7612 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
The dual language edition, in Plains Cree and English, of Stolen Words, the award-winning story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in Cree, he tells her that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive and warmly illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of the residential school system that separated young Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down, and how healing can also be shared.
Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters
Dan SaSuWeh Jones; Weshoyot Alvitre (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; E98.F6 J5 2021
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
A shiver-inducing collection of short stories to read under the covers, from a breadth of American Indian nations. Dark figures in the night. An owl's cry on the wind. Monsters watching from the edge of the wood. Some of the creatures in these pages might only have a message for you, but some are the stuff of nightmares. These thirty-two short stories -- from tales passed down for generations to accounts that could have happened yesterday -- are collected from the thriving tradition of ghost stories from American Indian cultures across North America. Prepare for stories of witches and walking dolls, hungry skeletons, La Llorona and Deer Woman, and other supernatural beings ready to chill you to the bone. Dan SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca Nation) tells of his own encounters and selects his favorite spooky, eerie, surprising, and spine-tingling stories, all paired with haunting art by Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva). So dim the lights (or maybe turn them all on) and pick up a story...if you dare.
Meennunyakaa / Blueberry Patch
Jennifer Leason; Norman Chartrand (Editor)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.1.L39 Bl 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-24
Based in Duck Bay, Manitoba, in the 1940s, an Elder shares his experience of packing up to go out to collect blueberries, a traditional gathering that took place every summer. He describes the journey and landscape with humor and such vivid imagery that readers will see themselves there with him, boarding the trail of wagons from surrounding communities and heading east toward the blueberry patch. The Elder's stories offer a journey back in time and are complemented by images of fields of plump blueberries, tall green grass, bannock baking over an open fire, clear freshwater streams and the tents the people slept in. Written in English and Anishinaabemowin.
The Princess and the Warrior
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ8.1.T6175 Pri 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztacc\u00edhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocat\u00e9petl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.
Thunder Boy Jr
Sherman Alexie; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.A382 Th 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
From New York Times bestselling author Sherman Alexie and Caldecott Honor winning Yuyi Morales comes a striking and beautifully illustrated picture book celebrating the special relationship between father and son. Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as big Thunder, but little thunder doesn't want to share a name. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Little Thunder thinks all hope is lost, dad picks the best name...Lightning! Their love will be loud and bright, and together they will light up the sky.
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Traci Sorell; Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; E99.C5 S657 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. "A gracious, warm, and loving celebration of community and gratitude"--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW "The book underscores the importance of traditions and carrying on a Cherokee way of life"--Horn Book STARRED REVIEW "This informative and authentic introduction to a thriving ancestral and ceremonial way of life is perfect for holiday and family sharing"--School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW "An elegant representation"--Shelf Awareness STARRED REVIEW
Whispers of the Wolf
Call Number: Curriculum Lab Display ; PZ7.1.T78 Wh 2015
Publication Date: 2015-10-07
Whispers of the Wolf is a beautiful picture book set around 500 years ago among the Pueblo Indians of the desert Southwest. A heartwarming piece of historical fiction, it weaves together themes of community, tradition, self-esteem, and respect for all life, creating a realistic portrait of a culture that continues to exert a vibrant, living influence today."
A Land of Books
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.T6155 Lan 2022
Publication Date: 2022-11-15
Award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh sheds light on the significance of Aztec manuscripts and culture in his picture book A Land of Books. A 2023 Pura Belpré Youth Illustration Honor Book Our world, little brother, is an amoxtlalpan, a land of books. In the jungles where the jaguar dwells, the Mayas make books. In the mountains the cloud people, the Mixtecs, make them as well. So do others in the coast and in the forests. And we the Mexica of the mighty Aztec empire, who dwell in the valley of the volcanoes, make them too. A young Aztec girl tells her little brother how their parents create beautiful painted manuscripts, or codices. She explains to him how paper is made from local plants and how the long paper is folded into a book. Her parents and others paint the codices to tell the story of their people's way of life, documenting their history, science, tributes, and sacred rituals. Duncan Tonatiuh's lyrical prose and beloved illustration style, inspired by the pre-Columbian codices, tell the story of how--contrary to the historical narrative that European colonizers bestowed "civilization" and knowledge to the Americas--the Aztec and their neighbors in the Valley of Mexico painted books and records long before Columbus arrived, and continued doing so among their Nahua-speaking descendants for generations after the Spanish Conquest. From an award-winning author-illustrator, A Land of Books pays tribute to Mesoamerican ingenuity and celebrates the universal power of books.
Nicola Campbell; Kim Lafave (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.C15535 Sh 2022
Publication Date: 2005-07-03
In just four days young Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school. She spends her last days at home treasuring the beauty of her world -- the dancing sunlight, the tall grass, each shiny rock, the tadpoles in the creek, her grandfather's paddle song. Her mother, father and grandmother, each in turn, share valuable teachings that they want her to remember. And so Shi-shi-etko carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping. Richly hued illustrations complement this gently moving and poetic account of a child who finds solace all around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss -- a loss that Indigenous Peoples have endured for generations because of the residential schools system.
Traci Sorell; Madelyn Goodnight (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.1.S6777 Po 2022
Publication Date: 2022-02-08
In this uplifting, contemporary Native American story, River is recovering from illness and can't dance at the powwow this year. Will she ever dance again? River wants so badly to dance at powwow day as she does every year. In this uplifting and contemporary picture book perfect for beginning readers, follow River's journey from feeling isolated after an illness to learning the healing power of community. Additional information explains the history and functions of powwows, which are commonplace across the United States and Canada and are open to both Native Americans and non-Native visitors. Author Traci Sorell is a member of the Cherokee Nation, and illustrator Madelyn Goodnight is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.
Laurel Goodluck; Jonathan Nelson (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Lab Display ; PZ7.1.G6539 Fo 2022
Publication Date: 2022-10-04
In this Native American story, Kara and Amanda are best-friend cousins. Then Kara leaves the city to move back to the Rez. Will their friendship stay the same? Kara and Amanda hate not being together. Then it's time for the family reunion on the Rez. Each girl worries that the other hasn't missed her. But once they reconnect, they realize that they are still forever cousins. This story highlights the ongoing impact of the 1950s Indian Relocation Act on Native families, even today. This tender story about navigating change reminds readers that the power of friendship and family can bridge any distance.
Danielle Greendeer; Anthony Perry; Alexis Bunten; Garry Meeches (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.1.H5613 Ke 2022
Publication Date: 2022-08-02
In this Wampanoag story told in a Native tradition, two kids from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe learn the story of Wee chumun (corn) and the first Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving story that most Americans know celebrates the Pilgrims. But without members of the Wampanoag tribe who already lived on the land where the Pilgrims settled, the Pilgrims would never have made it through their first winter. And without Wee chumun (corn), the Native people wouldn't have helped. An important picture book honoring both the history and tradition that surrounds the story of the first Thanksgiving.
Finding My Dance
Ria Thundercloud; Kalila J. Fuller (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; E98.D2 T58 2022
Publication Date: 2022-09-13
In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage. At four years old, Ria Thundercloud was brought into the powwow circle, ready to dance in the special jingle dress her mother made for her. As she grew up, she danced with her brothers all over Indian country. Then Ria learned more styles--tap, jazz, ballet--but still loved the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. And despite feeling different as one of the only Native American kids in her school, she always knew she could turn to dance to cheer herself up. Follow along as Ria shares her dance journey--from dreaming of her future to performing as a professional--accompanied by striking illustrations that depict it while bringing her graceful movements to life.
The Song That Called Them Home
David A. Robertson; Maya McKibbin (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.1.R599 So 2023
Publication Date: 2023-04-04
From the award-winning author of On the Trapline comes a cinematic fantasy-adventure story inspired by Indigenous legends. One summer day, Lauren and her little brother, James, go on a trip to the land with their Moshom (grandfather). After they've arrived, the children decide to fish for dinner while Moshom naps. They are in their canoe in the middle of the lake when the water around them begins to swirl and crash. They are thrown overboard and when Lauren surfaces she sees her brother being pulled away by the Memekwesewak - creatures who live in and around water and like to interfere with humans. Lauren must follow the Memekwesewak through a portal and along a watery path to find and bring back James. But when she finally comes upon her brother, she too feels the lure of the Memekwesewak's song. Something even stronger must pull them back home.
Just Like Grandma
Kim Rogers; Julie Flett (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.1.R653 Ju 2023
Publication Date: 2023-01-24
In this lyrical picture book by Kim Rogers (Wichita), with illustrations by Boston Globe-Horn Book Honoree Julie Flett (Cree-Métis), Becca watches her grandma create, play, and dance--and she knows that she wants to be just like Grandma. Becca loves spending time with Grandma. Every time Becca says, "Let me try," Grandma shows her how to make something beautiful. Whether they are beading moccasins, dancing like the most beautiful butterflies, or practicing basketball together, Becca knows that, more than anything, she wants to be just like Grandma. And as the two share their favorite activities, Becca discovers something surprising about Grandma. Features an author's note and glossary.
My Powerful Hair
Carole Lindstrom; Steph Littlebird (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Materials Lab ; PZ7.1.L5585 My 2023
Publication Date: 2023-03-21
From the award-winning and bestselling author of We Are Water Protectors comes an empowering picture book about family history, self-expression, and reclaiming your identity Our ancestors say our hair is our memories, our source of strength and power, a celebration of our lives. Mom never had long hair--she was told it was too wild. Grandma couldn't have long hair--hers was taken from her. But one young girl can't wait to grow her hair long: for herself, for her family, for her connection to her culture and the Earth, and to honor the strength and resilience of those who came before her. From Carole Lindstrom, author of the New York Times bestseller and Caldecott Medal winner We Are Water Protectors, and debut illustrator Steph Littlebird comes an empowering and healing celebration of hair and its significance across Indigenous cultures.
Rock Your Mocs
Laurel Goodluck; Madelyn Goodnight (Illustrator)
Call Number: Curriculum Lab Display ; PZ7.1.G6539 Ro 2023
Publication Date: 2023-10-10
In this happy, vibrant tribute to Rock Your Mocs Day, observed yearly on November 15, author Laurel Goodluck (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian) and artist Madelyn Goodnight (Chickasaw) celebrate the joy and power of wearing moccasins--and the Native pride that comes with them. A perfect book for Native American Heritage Month, and all year round! We're stepping out and kicking it up. Wearing beauty on their feet-- as art, as tradition, with style, with pride-- kids from different Native Nations know every day is a day to ROCK YOUR MOCS! This book contains an author's note with additional information about moccasins and Rock Your Mocs day, for readers curious to learn more about intertribal pride and the joy found in different Native identities! Rock Your Mocs Day has now been extended to a week in November, and during that week, kids from all over the United States join together to show pride in their heritage.
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