Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021

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 the “Best Books of the Year” lists). See also the American Indian Library Association's American Indian Youth Literature Award. 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 [July/Aug 2021].


2021 saw a groundbreaking (and long-overdue) first Caldecott win for a woman of color and a Native person, with the Medal going to illustrator Michaela Goade for We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom. Read Goade's acceptance speech here. More by and about this superlative artist, and her creative partnership with Lindstrom — who is herself a Native author — can be found here


Our Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020 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 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 for additional titles.

We welcome your suggestions as well.

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