November is Native American Heritage Month; celebrate the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans by reading some of these books in November, or anytime!
Whale Snow by Debby Dahl Edwardson, illustrated by Annie Patterson
At the first whaling feast of the season, a young Inupiat boy learns about the importance of the bowhead whale to his people and their culture. Includes facts about the Inupiat and the bowhead whale.
Kamik: an Inuit Puppy Story by Donald Uluadluak, llustrated by Qin Leng
Inspired by the real-life recollections of an elder from Arviat, Nunavut, this book lovingly recreates the traditional dog-rearing practices that prevailed when Inuit relied on dogs for transportation and survival.
Crossing Bok Chitto: a Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom by Tim Tingle, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges
In the 1800s, a Choctaw girl becomes friends with a slave boy from a plantation across the great river, and when she learns that his family is in trouble, she helps them cross to freedom.
Rabbit’s Snow Dance: a Traditional Iroquois Story as told by James & Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Jeff Newman
A long-tailed rabbit who wants a nibble of the highest, tastiest leaves uses his special snow song in the summertime, despite the protests of the other animals.
Chickadee by Louise Erdrich
In 1866, Omakayas’s son Chickadee is kidnapped by two ne’er-do-well brothers from his own tribe and must make a daring escape, forge unlikely friendships, and set out on an exciting and dangerous journey to get back home.
How I Became a Ghost: a Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle
A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe’s removal from the only land its people had ever known, and how their journey to Oklahoma led him to become a ghost — one with the ability to help those he left behind.