Notable Native People

English with tribal affiliations. MG & Up History Colonialism Historical Figures Indigenous Voices Adrienne Keene & Ciara Sana summary I recognize that y’all might not believe me when I say that I’ve been looking forward to this arriving for weeks. Peeking into the mailbox with my fingers crossed that this beautiful book would be waiting…

Day of Truth and Reconciliation: Two Stories

Mi’gmaw, Cree, & English Mixed ages Residential Schools Colonization Indigenous Voices Cree Mi’gmaw Truth & Reconciliation summary Today is September 30th, and you’ve probably seen several of these posts already today. If you haven’t, and this is the first one you’ve seen please go find some Indigenous folks to learn from and follow. Although I…

Shaped by her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez

English & Tewa 4-8 years Artist Indigenous Voices San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery Ceramicist Historical Figure Anna Harber Freeman, Barbara Gonzales & Aphelandra summary Shaped by Her Hands is a lovely biography aimed at typical picture book audiences about famous Native American potter Maria Martinez. She grew up in the San Ildefonso Pueblo at the turn…

The First Blade of Sweetgrass

English& Passamaquoddy-Maliseet 4+ Indigenous Voices Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Sioux Intergenerational Stories Recipes Foraging Ancestral Knowledge Grandparents Suzanne Greenlaw, Gabriel Frey, & Nancy Baker summary Musqon is setting out with her grandmother to pick sweetgrass for baskets, and she’s really excited! Their family and ancestors have used these resources or generations, and Musqon must channel them when she…

Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua

English & some Nahuatl 6+ Nahua History Historical Figure Mexican History Cultural Knowledge Education Art/Artists Gloria Amescua & Duncan Tonatiuh summary Y’all know that biographies are my favorite genre, but I had never heard of Luz Jiménez before! Reading more about her, Luz was a total badass (and a Nahua teacher, art model, and overall…

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh This Is How I Know

Anishinaabemowin & English 4+ Indigenous Voices Anishinaabe Culture Family Nature Seasons Intergenerational Stories Bilingual Books Brittany Luby & Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley summary Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh This is How I Know is a beautiful bilingual book with colorful illustrations and a plethora of Anishinaabe knowledge about the seasons and nature. The story follows a child and…

The Frog Mother

English & Gitxsan 7+ Nature Gitxsan Culture Indigenous Knowledge Frogs Environment Sustainable Living Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) & Natasha Donovan summary I can’t say enough about this series, it’s so beautiful! If you’ve been around awhile you may have seen my reviews for The Grizzly Mother and The Eagle Mother, and having my words…

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-be Best Friend

English, Michif & Ojibwe 6-10 Ojibwe Culture Friendship Social-Emotional Learning Family Self-Esteem Dawn Quigley & Tara Audibert summary I wish that early chapter books were like this when I was young. Jo Jo Makoons is spunky, self-assured, and ready to tell everyone that she has it all figured out. Jo Jo knoooows she needs more…

Indigenous #OwnVoices Roundup

English; Nłe7kepmxcín, & Halq’emeylem (Stand Like a Cedar); Ojibwe (It’s a Mitig!); Inuktitut (Grandfather Bowhead, How I Survived & I Am Loved); Rocky Cree (Pīsim) 4 years & up Indigenous Voices Coastal & Interior Salish Identity First Nations Inuit Identity Own Voices Indigenous Culture & Identity Nature & Animals SEL & Mindfulness Family, Foster Care…

We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

english 6-10 years Indigenous History Own Voices Activism Human Rights Historical Figures Empowerment Traci Sorell & Frané Lessac summary Framed around an Indigenous Peoples Day presentation night at a school, We Are Still Here gives snippets of information in the history of Native Peoples in what is now called the United States. The story is…