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Ely Library at Westfield State University
Native American Picture Books
This is a guide to some of the ERC's Native American and Indian American Children's Literature. The guide includes, picture books, historical fiction, as well as books that showcase current and relatable topics in native American communities and cultures.
Giving Thanks by
Call Number: E99.M8 S83 1995
Publication Date: 2002-05-01
A Native American Good Morning Message For as long as anyone can remember, Mohawk parents have taught their children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth.
Good Luck Cat by
Call Number: PZ1000.H224 Go 2000
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Celebrates the special relationship between a young girl and her cat. A modern Native American story from a member of the Muskogee-Creek tribe
Call Number: PZ1000.S6219 Mad 2000
Publication Date: 2010-10-12
A trip around a city block is like a trip around the world! Peeking out through a die-cut window on the jacket, Madlenka invites the reader to enter her world. And what a world it is! On the surface, it looks like an ordinary city block, but as we meet Madlenka's neighbors -- the French baker, the Indian news vendor, the Italian ice-cream man, the Latin American grocer, a retired opera singer from Germany, an African American school friend, and the Asian shopkeeper -- and look through die-cut windows to the images and memories they have carried from old country to new, we can see that Madlenka's block is as richly varied as its inhabitants.
Mama's Saris by
Call Number: PZ1000.M28 Mam 2007
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
When a seven-year-old girl eyes her mother's suitcase full of gorgeous silk, cotton & embroidered saris she decides that she too should wear one, even though she is too young for such clothing. Her mother tells her no, but soon realises how important it is for her little girl to feel like a big girl.
Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation by
Call Number: PZ1000.S7869 Th 2004
Publication Date: 2004-08-17
Wouldn't it be great to be part of that famous Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth Plantation back in 1621? Then join the Time-Traveling Twins as they sit down to an enormous FOUR-DAY feast, meet Squanto and the other Native Americans. Help with the harvest. Find out what it was like to be a Pilgrim.
The Story of Jumping Mouse by
Call Number: PZ400.S8367 Sto 1984
Publication Date: 1989-05-26
The words of Magic Frog give courage to the young mouse on his long and perilous journey to reach the wonderful land of legend. He faces many obstacles on his quest and sacrifices much to help others in need. But the mouse's compassion and faith in himself prove to be a source of great power...and bring him rewards even beyond his dreams.
Bringing Asha Home by
Call Number: PZ1000.K89 Br 2006
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
It's Rakhi, the Hindu holiday special to brothers and sisters, and Arun wishes he had a sister with whom to celebrate. Soon it looks as if his wish will come true. His parents are going to adopt a baby girl named Asha, and she is coming from India.
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by
Call Number: PZ1000.S427 Br 1991
Publication Date: 2002-07-22
The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. The great American Indian Chief Seattle spoke these words over a hundred years ago. His remarkably relevant message of respect for the Earth and every creature on it has endured the test of time and is imbued with passion born of love of the land and the environment.
Less Than Half, More Than Whole by
Call Number: PZ1000.L117 Le 1994
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
In this dramatic tale, a Native American boy is angry when his brother is chosen over him to lead the buffalo jump, a prehistoric hunting method.
Malian's Song by
Call Number: E99.A13 B795 2005
Publication Date: 2006-06-14
Malian's Song is based on the true story of a deliberate attack by English Major Robert Rogers on the St. Francis Abenaki community in 1759.
Sky Dancers by
Call Number: PZ1000.K6331 Sk 2004
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
John Cloud feels as if his heart will burst with pride and amazement as he watches his father dance across the sky.Set in the early 1930s and based on the history of Mohawk steelworkers, Sky Dancers is a warm celebration of family, courage, and the forces of nature. Sensitively told and stunningly illustrated, this is a story for all ages."
The Christmas Coat by
Call Number: CT4300.S589 S589 2011
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
Virginia's coat is too small and hardly protects her from the frigid South Dakata winter. As Christmas approaches, all the children on the Sioux reservation look forward to receiving boxes full of clothing sent by congregations in the East. Virginia spots a beautiful gray fur coat but holds back tears as it is claimed by one of her classmates.
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by
Call Number: PZ400.B86 Thi 1992
Publication Date: 1997-08-25
In Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to the thirteen cycles of the moon and the changing seasons. These lyrical poems and striking paintings celebrate the wonder of the seasons, from the Northern Cheyenne's Moon of the Popping Trees to the Big Moon of the Abenaki.
Thunder Boy Jr. by
Call Number: PZ1000.A382 Th 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done.
Crazy Horse's Vision by
Call Number: PZ1000.B8199 Cr 2000
Publication Date: 2010-06-23
A young boy, seeks a vision in order to save his people.
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A Boy Named Beckoning by
Call Number: E99.Y5 M65325 2008
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
This story reveals the remarkable life of a Native American boy named Wassaja, or "Beckoning," who was kidnapped from his Yavapai tribe and sold as a slave.
Pushing up the Sky by
Call Number: PZ 700 B78 Pu 2000
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
A collection of seven lively plays for children to perform, each one adapted from a different traditional Native tale.