As a part of Native American Heritage Month we decided to share a few of our own titles. Below are 5 books to read with your children that we are absolutely certain you’ll love. Exposing children to many cultures is important not only because they will less likely be affected by stereotypes, but because reading about different experiences is a really positive way to promote a better understanding of other cultures. We hope you enjoy these wonderful tales as much as we do.
How Raven Got His Crooked Nose
How Raven Got His Crooked Nose is a modern retelling of a traditional Native American fable. Part picture book and part graphic novel, this beautifully illustrated story teaches an important lesson to children through Dena’ina mythology and includes a glossary of Dena’ina words to learn.
Long ago, the only berries on the tundra were hard, tasteless, little crowberries. As Anana watches the ladies complain bitterly while picking berries for the Fall Festival, she decides to use her magic to help. Yup’ik Eskimo elder Betty Huffmon and author/illustrator Teri Sloat bring Berry Magic to life with absolutely delightful illustrations and a heart warming story about a young girl who takes matters into her own hands.
Dance On A Sealskin
Dance On A Sealskin is the heartwarming story of Annie, a Yup’ik Eskimo girl, and her coming-of-age ceremony in her Alaskan village.
Children of the First People
Through interviews and photos of ten amazing kids, readers learn about the diversity of Alaska’s Native cultures and their place in the world—their favorite traditions, foods, games, and more. For centuries, the ancestors of these children have thrived in the far north: Iñupiat, Eyak, Yup’ik, Haida, Athabascan, Unangax̂ (Aleut), Tlingit, Alutiiq, Tsimshian, and Siberian Yupik. And while Alaska Native children are a lot like kids everywhere, their everyday lives balance modern culture with ancient traditions. Each kid’s culture is unique, but all are proud to be Alaskan!
Charlie and the Blanket Toss
Charlie loves to watch his relatives and friends get thrown high in the air during the traditional Inupiat blanket toss. But secretly, he’s afraid to try it himself. Warm humor and good energy fill the pages in this inspiring story while authentic details of Alaska Native life are shared to anchor the story in place.