Wanted: Books written by or about contemporary Native Americans
Every child needs to see their own people and their own experiences in the books they read: yet in the United States less that 5% of children’s books published are written by or about Native Americans.
All young people need books that describe contemporary children who are Native American, not just historical accounts as though Indian children lived “past tense”, only a long time ago. The following books have “real” characters and engaging stories that include traditional celebrations continued in contemporary ways – with food, family, dance.
Here is a link to children’s books about Native Americans that have been produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian: