Intro: Children’s and Young Adult Books by Native Authors and Illustrators

Choctaw author Tim Tingle and Muscogee author Cynthia Leitich Smith

Native children’s-YA book creators are among the most underrepresented groups in publishing today. However, those who have found success shine among its brightest stars—like Sherman Alexie, Joseph Bruchac, Louise Erdrich, S.D. Nelson, Richard Van Camp, and Tim Tingle. Illustrators like S.D. Nelson and Julie Flett.

The bibliographies herein are by no means comprehensive. I’m merely highlighting, giving you a place to begin and build. However, you will find many, many more suggestions–plus related resources–on the teacher and librarian page.

A brief note on the terms “Native American,” “American Indian” etc. I have spoken with members of the greater Native community(ies) who have strong feelings in favor of certain language as well as with people who just don’t care. Because the purpose of this site is to offer information to a wide audience, both internal and external, we are employing both. This way, visitors searching under various terms will be able to find us.