Books by Indigenous and First Nations Creators for Middle Grade Readers

Fatty Legs (10th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781773213507
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Published: Annick Press - March 10th, 2020

The beloved story of an Inuvialuit girl standing up to the bullies of residential school, updated for a new generation of readers.


Peacemaker Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984815378
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Published: Dial Books - January 5th, 2021

A twelve-year-old Iroquois boy searches for peace in this historical novel based on the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy.


The Sea in Winter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062872043
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Published: Heartdrum - January 5th, 2021

In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.


Two Roads Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780735228870
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Published: Puffin Books - August 27th, 2019

A boy discovers his Native American heritage in this Depression-era tale of identity and friendship by the author of Code Talker


Indian No More Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620148396
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tu Books - September 24th, 2019

American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Middle Grade Book
Global Read-Aloud Choices: Upper Elementary/Middle Grade
Editors' Choices for Books for Youth, Booklist
Best of the Best Books of 2019, Chicago Public Library
Best Books of 2019, American Indians in Children's Literature


I Can Make This Promise Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062872005
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Published: Heartdrum - December 8th, 2020

In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity.


The Grizzly Mother, 2 Cover Image
By Huson, Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781553797760
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Published: Highwater Press - September 1st, 2019

Book two in the award-winning Mothers of Xsan series, The Grizzly Mother uses striking illustration and lyrical language to bring the poetry of the Xsan ecosystem to life.

"spellbinding"--Publishers Weekly, starred review


In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419707858
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Published: Amulet Books - November 10th, 2015

Through stories of Lakota leader Crazy Horse, a boy learns about his heritage and himself in this American Indian Youth Literature Award-winning novel from acclaimed author Joseph Marshall III

Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy, though you wouldn’t guess it by his name. His mother is Lakota, and his father is half white and half Lakota.


Coyote Tales Cover Image
By Thomas King, Byron Eggenschwiler (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781554988334
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Published: Groundwood Books - October 3rd, 2017

Two tales, set in a time "when animals and human beings still talked to each other," display Thomas King's cheeky humor and master storytelling skills. Freshly illustrated and reissued as an early chapter book, these stories are perfect for newly independent readers.


The Eagle Mother, 3 Cover Image
By Huson, Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781553798590
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Published: Highwater Press - April 28th, 2020

Return to the valleys of the River of Mists with author Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) and his award-winning, richly illustrative Mothers of Xsan series.

"an incredible celebration of the deep connections that are essential to the relationships between mothers and their children"--The Globe and Mail


The Sockeye Mother Cover Image
By Huson, Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781553797395
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Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2018

To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined.


Powwow Summer: A Family Celebrates the Circle of Life Cover Image
By Marcie R. Rendon, Cheryl Walsh Bellville (By (photographer))
$9.95
ISBN: 9780873519106
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - September 1st, 2013

 Life is a circle, just like the seasons, from youth through old age. The circle of the year brings seasonal rituals: a winter of preparation followed by a summer of powwows.

Sharyl and Windy Downwind and their children travel from their home on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota to powwows all around the region.


The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780873518284
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - March 1st, 2011

The Four Hills of Life tells the wise and beautiful Ojibwe story about the path we walk through the seasons of life, from the springtime of youth through the winter of old age. The hills we climb along the way are the challenges we face and the responsibilities we accept. The path is not always easy; some of us lose our way. We question the meaning of life.


Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781419723131
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 14th, 2017

An illuminating picture book biography of the Lakota warrior and chief Red Cloud, from award-winning author and illustrator S. D. Nelson
 
Red Cloud (1822–1909) was a great warrior and chief of the Lakota.


Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781419703553
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2012

A stunning picture book biography of a 19th century Hidatsa woman, from award-winning author and illustrator S. D. Nelson
 
Buffalo Bird Girl (ca. 1839-1932) was a member of the Hidatsa, a Native American community that lived in permanent villages along the Missouri River on the Great Plains.


How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781937054557
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Published: Roadrunner Press - September 8th, 2015

A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from the only land his 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.


We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623541927
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Published: Charlesbridge - April 20th, 2021

Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here!