Indigenous Peoples' Day 2022

It’s Indigenous Peoples' Day! We urge readers — today and all year — to seek out and share books respectfully and accurately representing diverse Indigenous peoples and cultures throughout North America. 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 the “Best Books of the Year” lists). Also 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; and 2021's young readers' edition of Anton Treuer's Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask.


Tomorrow, to kick off Fiction and Poetry week of our 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration, Joseph Bruchac will be accepting via video his honor award for Rez Dogs; and then on Wednesday, Natasha Donovan will be accepting via video an honor award on her and Thomas King's behalf for Borders. Stay tuned!


See also the American Indian Library Association's American Indian Youth Literature Award, announced every other year (including this year) during the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards. This year's Youth Media Awards also saw historic first wins for a Native person with the Printz Medal and William C. Morris Award going to Angeline Boulley for Firekeeper's Daughter [starred review; May/June 2021] — read our Five Questions interview with her. Darcie Little Badger's A Snake Falls to Earth [Nov/Dec 2021] was a Newbery Honor book; We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac [May/June 2021] was a Sibert Honor book; and The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas written by María García Esperón, illustrated by Amanda Mijangos, translated from Spanish by David Bowles [starred review; Mar/Apr 2021] was a Batchelder Honor book.


Our Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021 post had a great many links to interviews, articles, book reviews, and more to commemorate this day. In addition, relevant Horn Book articles from this past year include:


Other recommended books recently reviewed by the Horn Book:

Picture Books



See our booklists from 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 for additional titles.

We welcome your suggestions as well.

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