November 27, 2022

14 Stories That Center Native American Voices

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is also referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to honor the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to recognize the important contributions of Native people. 

One way to educate your students about different tribes and the challenges Native people have faced in the past and continue to face in the present is to make sure books by Native American authors and focused on Native American characters are present on the shelves of your classroom library. You may also want to reconsider including books on your shelves that tell Natives' stories and history, but are told by non-Native authors. 

Below you'll find books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library. To mirror the diversity of Native tribes and experiences, included is a variety of fiction and non fiction, fantasy and dystopia, humor and realistic fiction, short stories and novels in verse. Click on the Instagram handle of the person recommending the book to read their recommendation.

1. Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @theliterarymaven

2. There There by Tommy Orange

Recommended By @secondaryurbanlegends

3. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid To Ask (YA Edition) by Anton Treuer

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @thatawkwardteacher

4. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @lauralee_moss

5. Juniors by Kauai Hart Hemmings 

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended by @yaddysroom

6. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @choice_voice_teach

7. Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @greenlivingaudioworm

8. Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @hoorayela

9. Fry Bread: A Native American Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @loveteachbless

10. I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @anxiouslybooked

11. Indian No More by McManis and Sorell

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @secondarysara

12. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @erinbeers

13. Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


14. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

A list of books by Native American authors, recommended by middle and high school ELA teachers, for you to feature in your classroom library.


Recommended By @diversebooksgiveaway

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