Debbie Reese, Pre-Eminent Scholar, Picks Best Native American Picture Books
I am so excited to find these books lists by 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.
“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: www.nambefalls.com. 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.”
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.
Campbell, Nicola. Shi-shi-etko
Campbell, Nicola. Shin-chi’s Canoe
Harjo, Joy. The Good Luck Cat
Messinger, Carla. When the Shadbush Blooms
Sockabasin, Allen J. Thanks to the Animals
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This is the list I made.
Debbie Reese’s list for middle grade chapter books.
Debbie Reese’s list for picture books.
Debbie Reese’s list of YA books is very popular.
I am a huge fan of Joseph Bruchac, a happy discovery from chatting with my librarian when creating my list.
The author of this advanced picture book lives one town over!
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