Best Native American Stories for Kids

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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:

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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.

Native American
Tree in the Trail
Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy In Pilgrim Times
A Boy Called Slow
The Birchbark House
Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims
The Sign of the Beaver
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving
Favorite North American Indian Legends
The Year of Miss Agnes
The Earth under Sky Bear’s Feet
The Legend of the Bluebonnet
The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
Indian Captive
The Rough-Face Girl
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom
Children of the Longhouse
Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons
The First Strawberries
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
My Heart Fills With Happiness
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Mama, Do You Love Me?
Missuk’s Snow Geese
Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code

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