Intro: Contemporary Native American Children’s and Young Adult Books

Greystone Books

Native people have a past, a present, and a future, all of which should be reflected in books for young readers.

Good news! Recently, we’ve seen encouraging growth in the number of high-quality children’s and young adult books centered on contemporary Native American Indian themes.

We hope you’ll read, enjoy and recommend them. We hope you’ll support and advocate for their inclusion in your schools, libraries, and communities.

The bibliographies herein are by no means comprehensive. They’re drawn from books published between 1995 and 2020. While award-winners and bestsellers are included, part of the goal is to feature underappreciated gems. SEE ALSO Ongoing Coverage of Native Books at CynsationsHome and Classroom Teaching: Native American Children’s Teens’ Books & Resources, and Native American Children’s and Young Adult Book Bibliographies and Educator Resources.

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