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26 Books to Read During Native American Heritage Month (and Every Month!)

November is Native American Heritage Month, meant to celebrate the cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. It is also meant to educate people about Native American culture and the challenges they have faced historically.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, our amazing librarians have compiled an Indigenous Reading List with selected titles by indigenous authors and about Native American history and cultures. Swing by Lincoln's libraries for more books on display!

Please enjoy the below selections, and keep an eye out for more suggestions from our librarians throughout the year. 




Middle Grade & Children's Literature

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, Edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith 

I Can Make This Promise, By Christine Day

Race to the Sun, By Rebecca Roanhorse

We are Water Protectors, By Carole Lindstrom

Fry Bread, By Kevin Noble Maillard

Skeleton Man, By Joseph Bruchac

Go Show the World, By Wab Kinew

We are Grateful, By Tracy Sorrell


Young Adult Fiction & Poetry

Firekeeper’s Daughter, By Angeline Boulley

Give Me Some Truth, By Eric Gansworth

Hearts Unbroken, By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Trickster: Native American Tales, Edited by Matt Dembicki

An American Sunrise, By Joy Harjo

Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, Edited by Joy Harjo



Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, By Robin Wall Kimmerer

An Indigenous Peoples' History Of The United States For Young People, By Jean Mendoza

Pipestone: My Life In An Indian Boarding School, by Adam Fortunate Eagle

Walking The Choctaw Road, By Tim Tingle

Poet Warrior: A Memoir, By Joy Harjo

Notable Native People, By Adrienne Keene

Code Talker Stories = Nihizaad Bee Nidasiibaa', By Laura Tohe

First People, By David C. King

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, by Davi Treuer

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, And The Troubled History Of Thanksgiving, By David J. Silverman

Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock, By Aslan Tudor