Recommendations for elementary-level books by Native writers for Native American heritage month

by Kaitlin Curtice

1) We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorel (Cherokee) 

2) Jingle Dress Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek)

3) For a Girl Becoming by Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek) 

4) 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Marge Bruchac (Abenaki) and Catherine O’Neil

5) The Birchbark House (and other books in that series) by Louise Erdrich (Anishinaabe, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) (a great alternative to the Little House books)

6) How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle (Choctaw) and his picture book Crossing Bok Chitto(Rowan’s favorite book)

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