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05-09-2013, 06:54 PM
This site has lists for Native American books that are written by Native Americans about Native people & places:

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Top Ten Books Recommended for Elementary School (http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2010/07/top-ten-books-recommended-for.html)



The author, a Nambe Pueblo woman, also reviews portrayals of Native American characters in a wide range of books, from "Little House on the Prairie" to the "Twilight" series.

05-09-2013, 07:05 PM
Thank you for sharing. I will be starting a unit on American Indians later this summer and will definitely use some of the books on this list!

05-09-2013, 08:04 PM
Ooh, nice. I don't know the majority of these. :)

Just a note - the "middle school" list includes books/authors - Louise Erdrich and Joseph Bruhac - that we read aloud with no issue in elementary school so others might be good read alouds as well. I love, love, love The Birchbark House. I've never read the Bruhac book she picked, but Children of the Longhouse and his book about the code talkers are both excellent.

05-10-2013, 08:40 AM
*Anything* by Bruchac is worth reading, and a lot of it would be great as elementary level read alouds.

05-10-2013, 10:15 AM
Also you can follow @debreese on Twitter for commentary (I also like @terratrevor and @Native360).

05-10-2013, 02:41 PM
For high school, Yes is Better Than No by Byrd Baylor is a good one, though make sure you read it first and are ok with the themes. It is a quite accurate look at more modern reservation life.

06-16-2013, 11:15 PM
I haven't read it yet but I just downloaded this on for free on Amazon.

Amazon.com: Indian Child Life eBook: Charles Alexander Eastman, George Varian: Kindle Store (http://www.amazon.com/Indian-Child-Life-ebook/dp/B004TQPTDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371438783&sr=8-1&keywords=indian+child+life)

06-26-2013, 02:44 PM
Fantastic resources! Always great to get a perspective from the viewpoint of an oppressed group, especially one as misunderstood and poorly portrayed as the Native American tribes. I think this is a great way to ensure that history isn't told solely from a single viewpoint and I'll definitely be checking out those book reviews!