Children's Literacy Initiative

Native American Heritage Month

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Did you know that the Lakota word for "buffalo" is "tatanka?" The Lakota tribe's nomadic lifestyle was interwoven with the buffalo migration pattern. Each part of the animal was used—from eating to crafting household utensils—no part was wasted.  The Lakota are just one group of many that make up the Plains Native Americans. 

Children's Literacy Initiative celebrates Native American Heritage Month with great books! Honor the traditions, artistry, activism, and everyday lives of Native peoples with these high-quality read alouds by Indigenous authors and illustrators. Check out these awesome resources from our friends over at PBS to supplement your class's learning exploration of Native American culture.


At The Mountains Base

AT THE MOUNTAIN'S BASE

TRACI SORELL

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown

CHESTER NEZ AND THE UNBREAKABLE CODE: A NAVAJO CODE TALKER'S STORY

JOSEPH BRUCHAC

What's The Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? by Richard VanCamp

WHAT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU KNOW ABOUT HORSES?

RICHARD VANCAMP

Once In A Blue Moon

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON

DANIELLE DANIEL

Fry Bread

FRY BREAD: A NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY STORY

Kevin Noble Maillard

The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz

THE PEOPLE SHALL CONTINUE

SIMON J. ORTIZ

Johnny's Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema

JOHNNY'S PHEASANT

CHERYL MINNEMA

The Powwow Thief

THE POWWOW THIEF

JOSEPH BRUCHAC

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WILMA'S WAY HOME: THE LIFE OF WILMA MANKILLER

DOREEN RAPAPORT

Coyote Tales by Thomas King

COYOTE TALES

THOMAS KING

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