Stories have the ability to help a child connect to people in various places and live in their world or their time period temporarily. Readers get to see things through the eyes of characters they encounter. The history becomes personal, which makes the learning more meaningful and lasting.
We’ve rounded up our favorite picture books and chapter books to introduce your child to a variety of Native American cultures throughout time. Some of the titles on the booklist are stories by Native American authors, such as the beautiful picture books by Joseph Bruchac and Tim Tingle pictured below:
Others on this list are classics to be enjoyed with a loose hand, excellent in their storytelling and helpful for opening up exploration and discussion of what may or may not be factual (something we always encourage and explore in our Book Guides).
On this list you’ll find historical fiction, traditional legends, poetry, biographies, and modern tales about a variety of Native Americans.
Click images below for more information about each book.