I am so excited to find these books lists by pre-eminent Native American Children’s Literature scholar, Debbie Reese. She has a wonderful website (listed on my blogroll), American Indians in Children’s Literature.
They say that history is written by the victor. In the case of the Native Americans, I would say that while the victors may allow the Native Americans a voice, but they certainly get a better distribution deal. And it’s strange that we, who grow up in the United States, and even study history in college know so little about the Native American heritage.
These Native American children’s books help to depict a portion of their story and I would urge you to share these stories with your children so that their stories are not lost and their rich history becomes mainstreamed. It was both an education and a great pleasure for me to find and read these stories include Abernaki, Iroquis, Mohawk, Lakota, Navajo, Cheyenne, Creek, Cherokee, Potowatami, and Sioux Native Americans.