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Recommended Reading List:
Here is a list of books to use when you are doing a study on Native Americans. Both the title and the author’s name is given with year of publication. Where applicable, I’ve made the book titles clickable to take you to a location where the books can be purchased that that has an on-line synopsis of the book.
It is important to note that a couple of the books listed here are currently out of print; however, the clickable link will take you to amazon.com where there are often copies of these books listed in their eshop for sale used. Also, you can probably get most of these books at your local library or via inter-library loan programs.
If you have other selections that you believe should be added to this list, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Book List Recommendation” in the subject line. I will be happy to look at the book and add it to this list.
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter (1990)
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (1954).
I Am Regina by Sally Keehn (1991)
Night Bird: A Story of the Seminole Indians by Kathleen Kudlinski (1993)
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare (1957).
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (1983)
A Picture of Sitting Bull by David A. Adler (1993)
Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer (originally in 1931)
The Shaman’s Last Raid by Betty Baker (1963)
Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker (1981)
When Clay Sings by Bird Baylor (1972).
On the Road of Stars: Native American Night Poems and Sleepcharms selected by John Bierhorst (1994)
The Boy Who Lived With Bears: And Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (1995) [Note: Joseph Bruchac has also compiled several other stories from other Native American peoples. If you cannot find his Iroquois tales, do an author search and see if his other books are available in your area.]
People of the Buffalo: How the Plains Indians Lived by Maria Campbell (1995)
The Ice Trail by Anne Eliot Crompton (1980)
The Girl Who Married a Ghost: And Other Tales from the North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis (1978)
Guests by Michael Dorris (1994)
The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds (1941)
The Star Maiden: An Ojibway Tale by Barbara Juster Esbensen (1988).
Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte by Jeri Ferris (1991)
Buffalo Hunt by Russell Freedman (1988). [Note: Russell Freedman wrote many other selections, including Lincoln: A Photobiography, and is well worth searching for on your library shelves.]
The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz (1983) [Note: Jean Fritz wrote “The Cabin Faced West” and several other pieces of historical fiction for children.]
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner (1980)
Wilma Mankiller: Chief of the Cherokee Nation by Bruce Glassman (1992)
Buffalo Woman by Paul Goble (1984)
Jenny of the Tetons by Kristina Gregory (1989)
Arctic Hunter by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (1992)
Sweetgrass by Jan Hudson (1989)
Seminole Diary: Remembrances of a Slave by Dolores Johnson (1994)
Indian Captive: They Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski (1961).
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (1992)
Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker by Carolyn Meyer (1992).
To Walk the Sky Path by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1973)
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell (1970)
Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell (1986)
Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by Scott O’Dell (1992)
A Country of Strangers by Conrad Richter (1966) [Note: the book is listed as a companion book to “The Light in the Forest” by the same author.]
People of the Breaking Day by Marcia Sewell (1990).