Top 10: Best Native American Picture Books

Debbie Reese, Pre-Eminent Scholar, Picks Best Native American Picture Books

I am so excited to find these books lists by pre-eminent Native American Children’s Literature scholar, Debbie Reese.  This is the first list for picture books and I will add the ones for Middle School and High School soon.  She has a wonderful website, American Indians in Children’s Literature.  Her bio:

“I am tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo in northern New Mexico. I’m from the Upper Village (Yates family). Nambe has a website about our recreational area here: A former school teacher, I currently teach in UIUC’s American Indian Studies program.  I’m a founding member of the Native American House and American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois. I’m on the Literature Advisory Board for Reading is Fundamental and the Advisory Board for Reach Out and Read American Indian/Alaska Native. First Peoples listed my site as one of the Top Five Native Blogs and Podcast to follow.”

These are her Top 10:  Best Native American Picture Books. Top 10:  Best Native American Middle School Books here. Top 10:  Best Native American Young Adult Books here.

p.s. I updated this list: Top 10 Best First Nations Books for Kids because I had a lot to learn about which books best depict the people of First Nations.

Top Ten Books Recommended for Elementary School

Campbell, Nicola. Shi-shi-etko

Shi-shi-etko, Nicola Campbell, Debbie Reese,, Pragmatic Mom, Best Native American Children's Literature
Campbell, Nicola. Shin-chi’s Canoe

Shin-chi's Canoe, Nicola Campbell, Debbie Reese,, Pragmatic Mom, best Native American chidren's books for elementary school
Confederated Salish and Kootenai TribesBeaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story

 Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story, Best Native American children's literature, Debbie Reese,, Pragmatic Mom
Harjo, Joy. The Good Luck Cat

The Good Luck Cat, Joy Harjo, Debbie Reese, Native American Children's Lit,, Pragmatic Mom
Messinger, Carla. When the Shadbush Blooms

When the Shadbush Blooms, Carla Messinger, Debbie Reese,, Pragmatic Mom
Ortiz, Simon J. The Good Rainbow Road/Rawa ‘kashtyaa’tsi hiyaani: A Native American Tale

The Good Rainbow Road/Rawa 'kashtyaa'tsi hiyaani: A Native American Tale, simon J. Ortiz,, Pragmatic Mom
Sockabasin, Allen J. Thanks to the Animals

Thanks to the Animals, Allen J. Sockabasin,, Pragmatic Mom, best native american american indian children's books
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Jingle Dancer

Jingle Dancer, Cynthia Leitich Smith,, Pragmatic Mom, Native Indian American children's books
Tingle, Tim. Crossing Bok Chitto (If you can, also get When Turtle Grew Feathers and Saltypie)

Crossing Bok Chitto, Tim Tingle, Cocktaw,, Pragmatic Mom, best Native Indian children's literature Salty Pie, Tim Tingle, best native american children's books,, Pragmatic Mom, Debbie ReeseWhen Turtle Grew Feathers, Tim Tingle,, Pragmatic MOm
Waboose, Jan BourdeauSkySisters

SkySisters, Jan Bourdeau Waboose,, PragmaticMom

To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of the book.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Atrovent

    Good Article

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