This month, delve into Native American history, tradition, lore, and fiction with your kids. Talk with them about the history of our country and its people– these books are a great start:
Learn about the history and culture of American Indians, and make it come alive with activities that are perfect for fall.
Zitkala-S????a was a Native American musician and activist– her story is eye-opening and moving. Read about it in this beautifully illustrated picture book biography.
If you are already a fan of DePaola, this book is perfect for you. Read the legend and then learn about the flower’s history and uses here.
Paul Goble is arguably the most well-known writer and illustrator of Native American stories for children. This collection features The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, which won the Caldecott medal in 1979.
This isn’t a legend per se, but Byrd Baylor’s work highlights the beautiful, intense connection between people and the land in which they live. This story features the landscape of southern Arizona, and the Pueblo people who live there.
Fiction for Older Children:
This Newbery winner has more to offer than fantastic writing. Creech explores the themes of grief, relationships, women’s roles, and cultural identity — making for some wonderful conversation starters for parents and children.
Based on the true story of Juana Maria, a Nicoleño Native American left alone for 18 years on an island off the coast of California in the 19th century, Island is another Newbery winner that will spark some great conversations with kids.