University of Wisconsin Green Bay

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

A Collection of Native American Literature for Children K-8

NOTE: This is a listing of the books that FULL CIRCLE displays at workshops with educators so that they may see and handle authentic materials by and about Indigenous people. It is only a SAMPLING of books on the market, not an exhaustive list.

In order to be included in the collection, a book must be:

  1. Written (or originally told) by an Indigenous person who is a recognized member of an Indigenous community or tribe
  2. Published by an Indigenous press or publishing house
  3. Favorably evaluated by an Indigenous reviewer.

 

  • ACHIMOONA introduced by Marie Campbell. Fifth House, 1985,
    ISBN 0-920079-16-¬4, $12.95, Grades 6-8
  • ANGWAMAS MINOSEWAG ANISHINABEG/TIME OF THE INDIAN gathered by David Martinson. Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, 1979, $3.50, Grades 4 up.
  • THE ANIMALS' WISHES by Dovie Thomason. Rigby, 500 Coventry Ln., Crystal Lake, IL 60014, 2000, ISBN 0-7635-6744-2, $7.00, Gds. K-2.
  • ARCTIC ADVENTURES: TALES FROM THE LIVES OF INUIT ARTISTS by Rachel Rivera. Groundwood Books, 2007, ISBN 13 978-0-88899-714-2, $18.95, Grades 4-8.
  • AS LONG AS THE RIVERS FLOW by Larry Loyie. Douglas & McIntyre, 2002, ISBN 0¬88899-473-7, $16.95, Grades 4 up.
  • ASEBAN: THE OJIBWE WORD FOR RACCOON as told by Amelia LeGarde. Anishinabe Reading Materials, 1978, $5.00, Grades 1-2 (See discussion guide in "American Indian Literature for Grades K-2" by Cathy Caldwell).
  • BABY RATTLESNAKE told by Te Ata. Children's Book Press, 1989, ISBN 0-89239¬049-2, $12.95, Grades K-2.
  • BE INABIN: COME... LOOK by Ojibwe Cultural Resource Center, Grand Portage, MN, 1976, op, Grades K-3
  • THE BIG TREE AND THE LITTLE TREE ed. by Jean E. Speare. Pemmican, 1986, ISBN 0-919143-23-7, $16, Grades K-2.
  • BINESHIINH DIBAAJMOWIN: BIRD TALK by Lenore Keeshig-Tobias. Sister Vision, 1991, ISBN 0-920813-89-5, $6.95, Grades K-3.
  • THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE by Louise Erdrich. Hyperion, 1999, ISBN 0-7868-2241-4, $18.00, Grades 4 up.
  • BOOZHOO: COME PLAY WITH US by Fond du Lac Headstart. Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, 2002, ISBN 0-9709443-1-4, $6.00, Grades K-1.
  • A BOY OF TACHE by Ann Blades. Tundra Books of Northern New York (Plattsburgh, NY 12901), 1973, $5.95, Grades 4-6.
  • BRAVE WOLF AND THE THUNDERBIRD by Joe Medicine Crow. Abbeyville Press, 1998, ISBN 0-7892-0160-7. $14.95, Grades K-2.
  • THE CHEROKEE LITTLE PEOPLE: A NATIVE AMERICAN TALE by MariJo Moor. Rigby (a div. of Reed Elsevier Inc), 1000 Hart Road, Barrington, IL 60010-2627, 2000, ISBN 0-7635-6663-2, $7.50, Grades K-1.
  • CHESTER BEAR, WHERE ARE YOU? by Peter Eyvindson. Pemmican, 1988, ISBN 0¬921827-08-03, $9.95, Grades K-1.
  • CIRCLE OF WONDER: A NATIVE AMERICAN CHRISTMAS STORY by N. Scott Momaday. University of New Mexico Press, 1994, ISBN 0-8263-2149-6, I, M.
  • CLOUDWALKER: CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES by Joel Monture. Fulcrum Publishing, 1996, ISBN 1-55591-225-7, 515.95, Grades 3-6.
  • COYOTE & THE WINNOWING BIRDS: A TRADITIONAL HOPE TALE by Eugene Sekaquaptewa. Clear Light Publishers, 1994, ISBN 0-940666-87-1, $9.95, Grades K-1.
  • A COYOTE COLUMBUS STOREY by Thomas King. Douglas & McIntyre, LTD., 1992, ISBN 0-888999-155-X, $17, Grades 4 up.
  • COYOTE FIGHTS THE SUN: A SHASTA INDIAN TALE by Mary J. Carpelan. Heyday Books, P.O. Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709, 2002 ISBN 1-890771-60-0, $10.00, Grades K-2.
  • COYOTE IN LOVE WITH A STAR by Marty Kreipe de Montano. Abbeyville Press, 1998, ISBN 0-7892-0162-3, $14.95, Grades K-2.
  • DANCING TEEPEES: POEMS OF AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH selected by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Holiday House, 1989, ISBN 0-8234-0724-1, $14.95, Grades 5¬-8.
  • DAUGHTER OF SUQUA by Diane Johnston Hamm. Albert Whitman & Co., 1997, ISBN 0-8075-1477-2, $ 15, Grades 5-8.
  • DID YOU HEAR WIND SING YOUR NAME? AN ONEIDA SONG OF SPRING by Sandra DeCoteau Orie. Wlatker, 1995, ISBN 0-8027-8350-3, $14.95, K up.
  • DRAGONFLY KITES by Tomson Highway. Harper Collins, 2002, ISBN 0-00-225527-8, $19.99, Grades K up.
  • DREAM QUEST by Amy Jo Cooper. Annick Press Ltd., 1989, ISBN 0-920303-84-6, $5.95, Grades 4-8.
  • Duluth Indian Education Advisory Committee [books out of print, all K-1]
    • CHEER UP OLD MAN by David Martinson, 1975
    • MANABOZHO AND THE BULLRUSHES by David Martinson, 1976
    • REAL WILD RICE by David Martinson, 1975
    • SHEMAY: THE BIRD IN THE SUGAR BUSH by David Martinson, 1975
  • EAGLE FEATHER -- AN HONOUR by Ferguson Plain. Pemmican, 1989, ISBN 0-921827¬12-1, $7.95, Grades 2-4.
  • EMMA AND THE TREES by Lenore Keeshig-Tobias. Sister Vision, 1996, ISBN 0¬920813-1109, $6.95, Grades K-2.
  • FIRST FIRE: A TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN TALE by Marilo Moore. Rigby (as above), 2000, ISBN 0-7635-6694-2, $7.50, Grades K-2.
  • THE FLUTE PLAYER: AN APACHE FOLKTALE retold by Michael Lacapa. Northland Publishing, 1990, ISBN 0-87358-500-3, Grades K-1.
  • FLYING WITH THE EAGLE, RACING WITH THE GREAT BEAR: STORIES FROM NATIVE NORTH AMERICA told by Joseph Bruchac. Troll Associates, Inc., 1993, ISBN 0¬8167-3027-x, $4.95, Grades 6-8.
  • FOX ON THE ICE by Tomson Highway. Harper Collins, 2003, ISBN 0-00-225532-4, $19.99, Grades K up.
  • A FRIEND CALLED "CHUM" by Bernelda Wheeler. Pemmican, 1984, ISBN 0-919143¬13-X, $6.95, Grades K-2.
  • THE GAME OF SILENCE (Sequel to THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE) by Louise Erdrich. Harper Collins, 2005, ISBN 0-06-029789-1, $15.99, Grades 6 up.
  • GENERATION TO GENERATION: A SHORT STORY... A NATIVE TRADITION by Edward Benton-Benaise. Indian Country Communications, 1991, $6.00, Grades 5 up.
  • THE GIRL WHO MARRIED THE MOON: TALES FROM NATIVE NORTH AMERICA told by Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Ross. Troll Associates, Inc., 1994, ISBN 0-8167¬3480-1, $13.95, Grades 6-8.
  • GIVING: OJIBWA STORIES AND LEGENDS FROM THE CHILDREN OF CURVE LAKE edited by Georgia Elston. Waapoone, 1985, $7.95, Grades K up (see discussion guide in "American Indian Literature for Grades K-2" by Cathy Caldwell).
  • GIVING THANKS: A NATIVE AMERICAN GOOD MORNING MESSAGE by Chief Jake Swamp. Lee and Low Books, Inc., 1995, ISBN 1-880000-15-6, $14.95, Pre-school up.
  • THE GOAT IN THE RUG told by Geraldine. Parents' Magazine Press, 1976, ISBN 0-8193-0827-7, Grades 2-5.
  • THE GOOD LUCK CAT by Joy Harjo. Harcourt, Inc., 2000, ISBN 0-15-232197-7, $16.00, Grades 1-5.
  • GRANDMOTHER'S PIGEON by Louise Erdrich. Hyperion, 1999, ISBN 0-7868-1204-4, $7.00, Grades K-4.
  • GUESTS by Michael Dorris. Hyperion, 1994, ISBN 0-7868-0047-X, $13.95, Grades 4-7.
  • HOME TO MEDICINE MOUNTAIN by Chiori Santiago. Children's Book Press, 1998, ISBN 0-89239-155-3, $15,95, Grades 2-5.
  • HOW THE BIRCH TREE GOT ITS STRIPES: A CREE STORY FOR CHILDREN translated and edited by Freda Ahenakew. Fifth House, 1998, ISBN 0-920079-38-5, $8.95.
    Grades K-2 (see discussion guide in "American Indian Literature for Grades K-2" by Cathy Caldwell).
  • HOW THE GULLIES AND DITCHES CAME TO BE retold by Howard Joseph McKee, Jr. Indian Elementary Curriculum Project, 1978 (available from HONOR), $2, Pre-school-Grade 1.
  • HOW THE MOUSE GOT BROWN TEETH: A CREE STORY FOR CHILDREN translated and edited by Freda Ahenakew. Fifth House, 1998, ISBN 0-920079-38-5, $8.95, Grades K-2 (see discussion guide in "American Indian Literature for Grades K-2" by Cathy Caldwell).
  • I CAN'T HAVE BANNOCK BUT THE BEAVER HAS A DAM by Bernelda Wheeler. Pemmican, 1984, ISBN 0-919143-11-3, $5.75, Grades K-2.
  • THE ICE MAN: A TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN TALE by MariJo Moore. Rigby (as above), 2000, ISBN 0-7635-6699-3, $7.50, Grades 1-2.
  • INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Harper Collins, 2002, ISBN 0-06¬029531-7, $16.00, Grades 3-6.
  • JEN AND THE GREAT ONE by Peter Eyvindison. Pemmican, 1990, ISBN 0-921827-19-¬9, $9.95, Grades K-2.
  • JINGLE DANCER by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Morrow Junior Books, 2000, ISBN 0¬688-16242-8, $16, Grades K-5.
  • KUNU: ESCAPE ON THE MISSOURI by Kenneth Tomasma. Grandview Publ, 1989, ISBN 0-8010-8892-5, $6.95 (Quantity discount), Grades 5-8 (See evaluation by Ken WhiteHorse as well as discussion guide by Cathy Caldwell).
  • LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET by Tomie dePaola. Putnam, 1983, ISBN 0-399-20937-9, $5.95, Grades 2-4.
  • THE LEGEND OF THE OWL retold by Susan Weyaus. Indian Elementary Curriculum Project, 1997 (available from HONOR), $2, Pre-school-Grade 1.
  • LEGENDS OF OUR NATIONS by the North American Indian Traveling College (RR 3, Cornwall Island, Ontario KGH 5R7). $5.00, Grades 5 up.
  • LEGENDS OF THE IROQUOIS as told by Tehanetorens. Book Publishing Co., 1998, ISBN 1-57067-056-0, $10.00, Grades 4-8.
  • LITTLE WHITE CABIN by Ferguson Plain. Pemmican Publications, Inc., 1992, ISBN 0-921827-26-1, $10.00, Grades 4-8.
  • LUCY LEARNS TO WEAVE: GATHERING PLANTS bby Virginia Hoffman. Rough Rock Press, 1974, ISBN 0-89019-009-7, Grades K-1.
  • MAKIAWISUG: THE GIFT OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE retold by Melissa Jayne Fawcett and Joseph Bruchac. Little People Publications, 1997, ISBN 0-9656933-2-5, $19.95, Grades 1 up.
  • MAMA'S LITTLE ONE (2nd Ed) by Kristina Heath. Muh-he-con-neew Press, 1998, ISBN 0-935790-05-5 $10, Pre-school up.
  • MIKINOK AND WABOOZOONS retold by Bill Chatfield. Indian Elementary Curriculum Project, 1978, (available from HONOR), $2, Grades K-1.
  • THE MIDDLE FIVE: INDIAN SCHOOLBOYS OF THE OMAHA TRIBE by Francis LaFlesche. Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1963, $4.50, Grades 6 up.
  • THE MISHOMIS BOOK: THE VOICE OF THE OJIBWAY by Edward Benton-Benai. Indian Country Communications, 1979, $15.00, Grades 4 up.
  • THE MISHOMIS COLORING BOOK SERIES by Edward Benton-Benai. Indian Country Communications, 1991, $4.25 or $18.50/set of 5, Grades 4 up.
  • THE MOCCASINS by Earl Einarson. Theytus Books, 2004, ISBN 1-894778-14-6, $7.95, PS-Grade 2.
  • MORNING GIRL by Michael Dorris. Hyperion, 1992, ISBN 1-56282-284-5, $12.95, Grades 4-8.
  • MORNING ON THE LAKE by Jan Bourdeau Waboose. Kids Can Press, 1997, ISBN 1¬55074-373-2 $16, Grades 2-5.
  • MURDO'S STORY: A LEGEND FROM NORTHERN MANITOBA as told by Murdo Scribe. Pemmican Publications, 1985, ISBN 0-919143-07-5, $7.95, Grades 1-3.
  • MY MOM IS SO UNUSUAL by Iris Loewen. Pemmican, 1990, ISBN 0-919143-37-7, $5.95, Grades 1-3.
  • MY NAME IS SEEPEETZA by Shirley Sterling. Douglas & McIntyre, 1992, ISBN 0¬88899-165-7, $5.95, Grades 4 up.
  • MY SPIRIT SOARS by Chief Dan George and Helmut Hirnschall. Hancock House, 1982, ISBN 0-88839-233-8, $7.95, Grades 4 up.
  • NANABOSHO SERIES by Joseph McLellan. Pemmican, $9.95, Grades 2-5.
    • THE BIRTH OF NANABOSHO, 1989, ISBN 0-921827-00-8.
    • NANABOSHO STEALS FIRE, 1990, ISBN 0-921827-05-9.
    • NANABOSHO DANCES, 1991, ISBN 0-921827-14-8.
  • DNIGHT FLYING WOMAN: AN OJIBWAY NARRATIVE by Ignatia Broker. Minnesota Historical Soc. Press, 1983, ISBN 0-87351-167-0, $8.00, Grades 5 up.
  • NOBODY by Meguido Zola and Angela Dereume. Pemmican Publications, 1983, ISBN 0-9191143-38-5, $5.95, Grades K-2
  • OUR JOURNEY by Liz Jaakola. Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, 2001, ISBN 0-9709443-0-6, $6.00, Grades K-1.
  • OWL IN THE CEDAR TREE by Natachee Scott Momaday. University of Nebraska Press, 1965, ISBN 0-8032-8184-6, $9.95, Grades 3-6.
  • THE PEOPLE SHALL CONTINUE by Simon Ortiz. Children's Book Press. 1977, ISBN 0-89239-041-7, $12.95, Grades 5 up.
  • THE PORCUPINE YEAR (Sequel to THE GAME OF SILENCE) by Louise Erdrich. Harper Collins, 2008, ISBN 978-0-06-029787-9, $15.99, Grades 3-7.
  • THE PRAYING FLUTE: SONG OF EARTH MOTHER by Tony Shearer (Book and Audio Tape). Sun Books, 1975, ISBN 0-914172-01-8, Grades 1 up
  • A PROMISE IS A PROMISE by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak. Annick Press, 1988, ISBN 1-55037-008-1, $5.95, Grades 1-3.
  • PUSHING UP THE SKY: SEVEN NATIVE AMERICAN PLAYS FOR CHILDREN by Joseph Bruchac. Dial, 2000, ISBN 0-8037-2168-4, $18.99, Grades 3 up.
  • THE RANGE ETERNAL by Louise Erdrich. Hyperion, 2002, ISBN 0-7868-0220-0, $16.00, Grades 3-5.
  • RED RIBBONS FOR EMMA by New Mexico People and Energy Collective. New Seed Press, 1981, ISBN 0-938678-07-8, $5.00 Grades 3-6.
  • A RIVER LOST by Lynn Bragg. Hancock House Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0-88839¬383-0, $13, Grades 3-6.
  • THE ROBIN told by Dee Bainbridge. First American Prevention Center, 1998, ISBN 0-9657888-0-6, $20, Grades K-3.
  • SALMON BOY: A LEGEND OF THE SECHELT PEOPLE by Donna Joe. Nightwood Editions, RR5, S26 C13 Gibsons, BC, Canada VON 1VO, 1999, ISBN 0-88971-166-6, $7, Grades 2-5.
  • SEES BEHIND TREES by Michael Dorris. Scholastic, 1996, ISBN 0-590-10851-4, $3.50, Grades 6 up.
  • SKY SISTERS by Jan Bourdeau Waboose. Kids Can Press, 2000, ISBN 1-55074-697¬9, $16.00, Grades 3 up.
  • SKY WOMAN: LEGENDS OF THE IROQUOIS by Joanne Shenandoah and Douglas M. George. Clear Light Publishers, 823 Don Diego, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 1998, ISBN 0-940666-99-5, $14.95, Grades 4 up.
  • THE SNAKE THAT LIVED IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS & OTHER OHLONE STORIES told and illustrated by Linda Yamane. Oyate, 1998, ISBN 0-9625175-6-9, $12, Pre-school up.
  • SPARROW HAWK by Meridel LeSueur. Holy Cow! Press, 1987, ISBN 0-930100-22-0, $13.95, Grades 6-8.
  • SPIRIT OF THE WHITE BISON by Beatrice Culleton. Pemmican, 1985, ISBN 0¬919143-40-7, $6.95 Grades 6-8.
  • THE STORY OF COLORS: LA HISTORIA DE LOS COLORES by Subcomandante Marcos. Cinco Puntos Press, c1999, ISBN 0-938317-45-8, $15.95, Grades 4 up.
  • THOSE TINY BITS OF BEANS by John Weier. Pemmican Publications, 1995, ISBN 0¬921827-47-4, $10, Grades 2-5.
  • TIDBO: A DAKOTA LEGEND retold by Lucille Childs. Indian Elementary Curriculum Project, 1978 (available from HONOR), $2, Grades PS-1.
  • THE TRICKSTER AND THE TREE retold by Howard Joseph McKee, Jr. Indian Elementary Curriculum Project, 1992 (Available from HONOR), $2, Grades K-1.
  • TRICKSTER AND THE FAINTING BIRDS told by Howard Norman. Gulliver Books, 1999, ISBN 0-15-200888-8, Grades K-1.
  • TWO PAIRS OF SHOES by Esther Sanderson. Pemmican, 1990, ISBN 0-921827-15-6, $10.95, Grades 1-3.
  • UNKTOMI AND THE DUCKS retold by Carol Schommer. Indian Elementary Curriculum Project, 1978 (available from HONOR), $2, Grades K-1.
  • WAHEENEE: AN INDIAN GIRL'S STORY told by herself to Gilbert L. Wilson. University of Nebraska Press, 1981, ISBN 0-8032-9703-3, $4.95, Grades 4-8.
  • WANISINWAK ISWESISAK: AWASISASINAHIKANIS/ TWO LITTLE GIRLS LOST IN THE BUSH: A CREE STORY FOR CHILDREN told by Nehiyaw/Glecia Bear. Fifth House, 1991, ISBN 0-920079-77-6, $14.95, Grades 4-6.
  • WAYNABOOZHOO AND THE GEESE retold by Susan Weyaus Indian Elementary Curriculum Project, 1978 (available from HONOR), $2, Grades K-1.
  • WHAT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU KNOW ABOUT HORSES? by Richard Van Camp. Children's Book Press, 1998, ISBN 0-89239-154-5, $15.95, Grades K-3.
  • WHEN THE CHEN00 HOWLS: NATIVE AMERICAN TALES OF TERROR by Joseph and James Bruchac. Walker, 1998, ISBN 0-8027-8638-3, $17, Grades 4 up.
  • WHEN THE WORLD ENDED; HOW HUMMINGBIRD GOT FIRE; HOW PEOPLE WERE MADE: RUMSIEN OHLONE STORIEStold by Linda Yamane. Oyate, 1995, ISBN 0-9625175-1-8, $10, Pre-school up.
  • WHEN THUNDERS SPOKE by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Holiday House, 1974, ISBN 0-8234-0230-4, $4.95, Grades 6 up.
  • WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR MOCCASINS? by Bernelda Wheeler. Pemmican, 1986, ISBN 0-919143-15-6, $5.95, Grades K-3.
  • WHERE THE RIVERS MEET by Don Sawyer. Pemmican, 1988, ISBN 0-921827-06-7, $12.95, Grades 7 up.
  • THE WISH WIND by Peter Eyvindson. Pemmican, 1987, ISBN 0-921827-03-23, $7.95, Grades 2-4.
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