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Indigenous Peoples of North America Picture Books

Picture books, folktales and board books featuring Indigenous People of North America or written by and Indigenous person. Recommended for Preschool through 3rd grade.

Lindstrom, Carole, 1964- author.
JEASY LIN
Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.

Child, Brenda J., 1959- author.
JEASY CHI
"When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers -- all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow."--Provided by publisher.

Flett, Julie, author, illustrator.
JEASY FLE
When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of nature and art. As the seasons change, can the girl navigate the failing health of her new friend? Acclaimed author and artist Julie Flett's textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships and shared passions. A brief glossary and pronunciation guide to Cree-Métis words that appear in the text is provided on the copyright page.

Minnema, Cheryl, 1973- author.
JEASY MIN
"Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!" Johnny says. Grandma does, and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the ditch: a sleeping pheasant. What Grandma sees is a small feathery hump. When Johnny wants to take it home, Grandma tries to tell him that the pheasant might have been hit by a car. But maybe she could use the feathers for her craftwork? So home with Grandma, Johnny, or the pheasant. Readers will delight at this lesson about patience, kindness, and respect for nature imparted by Grandma's gentl humor, Johnny's happy hooting, and all the quiet wisdom found in Cheryl Minnema's words and Julie Flett's evocative and beautiful illustrations. -- From dust jacket.

Sorell, Traci, author.
J 975.0049 SOR

Gonzalez, Xelena, author.
JEASY GON
Finding circles everywhere, a grandfather and his granddaughter meditate on the cycles of life and nature.

Highway, Tomson, 1951- author.
JEASY HIG
When Joe and Cody sing and dance for the caribou, something unexpected happens.

Kalluk, Celina, author.
JEASY KAL
"This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little "Kulu," an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants."-- Provided by publisher.

Flett, Julie.
JEASY FLE
Clarence and his grandmother pick wild blueberries and meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape.

Gray Smith, Monique, 1968- author.
JEASY GRA
A board book that celebrates happiness and invites children to reflect on the little things in life that bring them joy.

Minnema, Cheryl, 1973-
JEASY MIN
"I like to eat, eat, eat," choruses young Johnny as he watches Grandma at work in the kitchen. Wild rice, fried potatoes, fruit salad, frosted sweet rolls -- what a feast! Johnny can hardly contain his excitement. In no time, he'll be digging in with everyone else, filling his belly with all this good food. But wait. First there is the long drive to the community center. And then an even longer Ojibwe prayer. And then -- well, young boys know to follow the rules: elders eat first, no matter how hungry the youngsters are. Johnny lingers with Grandma, worried that the tasty treats won't last. Seats at the tables fill and refill; platters are emptied and then replaced. Will it ever be their turn? And will there be enough?

Smith, Cynthia Leitich.
JEASY SMI
Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau.
JEASY WAB
As two young Ojibway sisters set off across the north country to Coyote Hill to see the SkySpirits dance, Grandmother Moon lights the way.

Tahe, Rose Ann, author.
JEASY TAH
"A Navajo family welcomes a new baby into the family with love and ceremony, eagerly waiting for that first special laugh. Includes brief description of birth customs in different cultures."-- (Source of summary not specified)

Sammurtok, Nadia, author.
JEASY SAM
"Nadia Sammurtok lovingly invites the reader into the amautik--the pouch in the back of a mother's parka used to carry a child--to experience everything through the eyes of the baby nestled inside, from the cloudlike softness of the pouch to the glistening sound of Anaana's laughter."-- Provided by publisher.

Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-
J 398.2 BRU
A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the Sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth.

Robertson, David, 1977- author.
JEASY ROB
"When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength."-- Provided by publisher.

Alexie, Sherman, 1966- author.
JEASY ALE
"Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name ... one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name"-- Provided by publisher.

Sorell, Traci, author.
JEASY SOR
"At the mountain's base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family -- loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. The strength in their song sustains them through trials on the ground and in the sky, as they wait for their loved one, a pilot, to return from war."--Amazon.

Spillett-Sumner, Tasha, 1988- author.
JEASY SPI
A Native American woman describes how she loved her child before it was born and, throughout her pregnancy, gathered a bundle of gifts to welcome the newborn.

Savageau, Cheryl, 1950-
JEASY SAV
A Native American girl's feelings are hurt when schoolmates make fun of the children who live at the lake, but then her grampa tells her a Seneca folktale that reminds her how much she appreciates her home and her place in the world.

Gray Smith, Monique
When We Are Kind  celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves. Orca Book Publishers is proud to offer this early ebook edition as part of our new Digital First initiative, with the release of the print edition to follow.
This electronic resource is available through the SCPL catalog.
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Van Camp, Richard, author.
JEASY VAN
"A beautiful board book about gratitude by celebrated Indigenous author Richard Van Camp, complemented by photos from tea&bannock, a collective blog by Indigenous women photographers."-- Provided by publisher.