Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020

It’s Indigenous Peoples' Day! We urge you — today and all year — to seek out and share books respectfully representing indigenous North American peoples and cultures. For an extensive resource by a cultural insider and a children’s literature scholar, please visit Dr. Debbie Reese’s website American Indians in Children’s Literature (and in particular her “Best Books of the Year” lists) and pick up a copy of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese.

In January, the American Indian Library Association's American Indian Youth Literature Awards — another source for excellent children's books by and about American Indians — were announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards.

Relevant Horn Book Magazine articles from this past year include:

Other recommended books reviewed by the Horn Book Magazine this past year include:

  • Johnny’s Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema, illustated by Julie Flett (Minnesota) [starred review Jan/Feb20]
  • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, illustrated by Rovina Cai (Levine Querido) [from Sept/Oct20]
  • Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas, illustrated by Maya McKibbin (Annick) [from forthcoming Nov/Dec20]
  • Rise of the Halfling King [Tales of the Feathered Serpent] by David Bowles, illustrated by Charlene Bowles (Cinco Puntos) [from forthcoming Nov/Dec20]
  • Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams) [starred review from forthcoming Nov/Dec20]
  • Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth (Levine Querido) [from forthcoming Nov/Dec20; this book was also longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Young People]


See our booklists from 2019, 2018, and 2017 for additional titles.

We welcome your suggestions as well.

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