Native American Children's Books
This list of children's books (ages 3+) by Native American authors was created by a librarian at The Seattle Public Library in conjunction with Beyond the Frame, a community-wide initiative revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis and sparking conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, art and culture. The Library will be presenting exhibits and related programming throughout 2018, beginning with Living Cultures.
The Apple Tree
A little boy plants an apple seed, and as soon as it sprouts the boy can see the apple tree it is meant to be. But the little apple tree isn't so sure. Young and impatient, the tree begins to doubt its calling, especially after apples fail to appear that first October. How can the little boy encourage the tree to give the seasons and years the time to work their magic?
Format: Book - 2015 First edition
Holds: 0 on 4 copiesView this item
Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story
Format: Book - 2005
Holds: 1 on 18 copiesView this item
Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale
"Silly kids, tricks are for rabbits! Chukfi Rabbit, that is. The laziest-and hungriest-trickster rabbit there is! Deep in Choctaw Country Chukfi Rabbit is figuring out some way to avoid work at all costs. When Bear, Turtle, Fox, and Beaver agree on an everybody-work-together day to build Ms. Possum a new house, Chukfi Rabbit says he's too busy to help. Until he hears there will be a feast to eat after the work is done: cornbread biscuits, grape dumplings, tanchi labona (a delicious Choctaw corn stew), and best of all, fresh, homemade butter! So while everyone else helps build the house, Chukfi helps himself to all that yummy butter! The furry fiend! But this greedy trickster will soon learn that being this lazy is hard work! A classic trickster tale in the Choctaw tradition.
Format: Book - 2014 First edition
Holds: 0 on 3 copiesView this item
Fishing With Grandma
"Adventure begins when Grandma takes her two grandchildren out for a trip on the lake. After showing the kids how to prepare of a fishing trip, Grandma and the kids enjoy a day of jigging in the ice for fish. Grandma shows them everything they need to know to complete a successful fishing trip, from what clothes to wear, to how to drill and clear holes in the ice, to how to make a traditional Inuit jigging rod. By the end of the day, the kids have a yummy meal of Arctic char, and they have also learned everything they need to know to have a successful day on the lake."--
Format: Book - 2015
Holds: 0 on 5 copiesView this item
The Good Rainbow Road: Rawa 'kashtyaa'tsi Hiyaani
An account of two boys who are sent by their people to the west to visit the Shiwana, the spirits of rain and snow, and bring back rain to relieve a drought.
Format: Book - 2010
Holds: 0 on 3 copiesView this item
The little girl in this story loves to visit Grandpa's farm where she and her cousins run through the fields, swing out the barn loft window and feed crab apples to the Appaloosa in the corral. They explore the root cellar and tiptoe into Grandpa's secret room to look at memories from the past.
Format: Book - 2011
Holds: 0 on 9 copiesView this item
How I Became A Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story
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.
Format: Book - 2013
Holds: 1 on 40 copiesView this item
How Raven Stole the Sun
Format: Book - 2001 First edition
Holds: 1 on 26 copiesView this item
"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?
Format: Book - 2014
Holds: 0 on 8 copiesView this item
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. (8/19/2019 8:27:47 AM)
Format: Book - 2000
Holds: 2 on 19 copiesView this item