Recommended Reading

Here you will find a recommended list of American Indian and Alaska Native titles young adult's. This selected bibliography of books is not all-encompassing, but is representative of the excellent literature available today. All the titles have been reviewed and selected by the American Indian Library Association.

  • Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2007.
  • Alexie, Sherman.  The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.  New York: Harper, 1993.
  • Bruchac, Joseph.  Hidden Roots.  New York: Scholastic, Apple Paperbacks, 2006.
  • Bruchac, Joseph.  Jim Thorpe: Original All-American.  New York: Dial/Penguin, 2006.
  • Carlson, Lori M. editor.  Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today.  New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
  • Carvell, Marlene.  Sweetgrass Basket.  New York: Dutton Childrens Books, 2005.
  • Erdrich, Louise.  Love Medicine.  New York: Harper, 1984.
  • Hogan, Linda.  Solar Storms.  New York: Scribner, 1995.
  • Ihimaera, Witi.  The Whale Rider.  New York: Harcourt, 1987.
  • Loyie, Larry.  Goodbye Buffalo Bay.  Oroville, WA: Theytus Books, 2008.
  • McGregor, Lurline Wailana.  Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel. Honolulu: Kamehameha Publishing, 2008.
  • Momaday, N. Scott. House Made of Dawn.  New York: Harper, 1966.
  • Silko, Leslie Marmon.  Gardens in the Dunes: A Novel.  New York: Scribner, 1999.
  • Smith, Cynthia Leitich.  Eternal.  Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2009.
  • Smith, Cynthia Leitich.  Rain Is Not My Indian Name.  New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
  • When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans.  New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999.

§    Lightfoot, Kent. California Indians and their Environment; an Introduction. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

§    Hogan, Linda. Dwellings: a spiritual history of the living world. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995.

  §  Erdrich, Louise. The Round House. New York: Harper Perennial, 2012.

  §  Mann, Charles C. 1491: New revelations of the Americas before Columbus. New York: Vintage Books, 2011.

  §  Documents of United States Indian Policy. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

  §  Bright, William. 1500 California Places and Names: their origin and meaning. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

  §  Margolin, Malcolm. The Way We Lived: California Indian stories, songs, and reminiscences. Berkeley: Heyday Books, 1981.

  §  Brown, Michael F. Who Own Native Culture? Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2003.

  §  Decolonizing Native Histories. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2012.

  §  Hinton, Leanne. How to Keep Your Language Alive. Berkeley, California: Heyday Books, 2002.

  §  Sturm, Circe. Blood Politics: Race, culture, and identity in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

  §  Kroeber, A. L. A Mohave War Reminiscence, 1854-1880. Berkeley, Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1973.

  §  Round, Phillip H. Removable Type: histories of the book in the Indian country, 1663-1880. The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

  §  Owings, Alison. Indians Voices: listening to Native Americans. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

  §  Makley, Matthew S. Cave Rock: climbers, courts, and a Washoe Indian sacred place. Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press, 2010.

  §  McKay, Mabel. Weaving the Dream. Berkley; Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2013.

  §  Ross, Sylvia. Lion Singer. Berkley, CA: Heyday Books, 2005.

  §  Anaya, Rudolfo. The First Tortilla. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.

  §  Xicotencatl: an anonymous historical novel about the events leading up to the conquest of the Aztec Empire. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999.

  §  Knack, Martha C. As Long as the River Shall Run: an ethnohistory of Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1984.

  §  Clapham, Andrew. Human Rights: a very short introduction. Oxford University Press, 2007.

  §  Islas, Arturo. The Rain God: a desert tale. New York: Harper Perennial, 2003.

  §  California Indians, Primary Resources: a guide to manuscripts, artifacts, documents, serials, music and illustrations. Menlo Park, CA: Ballena Press, 1990.

  §  Roediger, Virginia More. Ceremonial Costumes of the Pueblo Indians: their evolution, fabrication, and significance in the prayer drama. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1991.

  §  Xu, H. Mike. Origin of the Olmec Civilization. University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.

  §  Hispanic Folktales from New Mexico. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1977.

  §  Anderson, M. Kat. Tending the Wild: Native American knowledge and the management of California’s Natural Resources. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California, 2005.

  §  Witgen, Michael. An Infinity of Nations: How the Native new world shaped early North America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

  §  Schele, Linda. A Forest of Kings: the untold story of the Ancient Maya. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1990.

  §  Jurmain, Claudia. O, My Ancestor: recognition and renewal for the Gabrielino-Tongva people of the Los Angeles area. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2009.

  §  Johnson, Greg. Sacred Claims: repatriation and living tradition. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2007.

  §  Richter, Daniel K. Facing East from Indian Country: a native history of early America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.

  §  American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Los Angeles, CA: American Indian Studies Center, 2014.

  §  Five Views: an ethnic sites survey for California. Sacramento, CA: California office of state printing, 1988.

§  Trigger, Bruce G. Handbook of North American Indian: Northeast. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1978.

  §  Peterson, Frederick. Ancient Mexico. Toronto, Canada: Green & Company, 1959.

  §  Den, Amy E. Recognition, Sovereignty struggles, & Indigenous Right in the United States. North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

  §  Abel-Vidor, Suzanne. Remember Your Relations: the Elsie Allen baskets, family & friends. City of Ukiah, CA: Heyday Books, 1996.

  §  Stowell, Cynthia D. Faces of a Reservation: a portrait of the warm springs Indian reservation. Oregon: Oregon Historical Society, 2014.

  §  LaDuke, Winona. All Our Relations: Native struggles for land and life. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1999.

  §  Curtis, Molly. Lela Rhodes Pit River Woman. Berkley, CA: Heyday, 2013.

  §  Telling Stories In The Face Of Danger: language renewal in Native American communities. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012.

  §  Wilson, Darryl Babe. The Morning The Sun Went Down. Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 1998

  §  Cox, James H. The Red Land To The South. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

  §  TallBear, Kim. Native American DNA: Tribal belonging and the false promise of genetic science. . Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

  §  Harjo, Joy. How We Became Human. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002.

  §  Coronado, Raul. A World Not Come: a history of Latino writing and print culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.

  §  Schwarz, Maureen Trudelle. Fighting Colonialism with Hegemonic Culture: Native American appropriation of Indian stereotypes. Albany, NY: Suny Press, 2013.

  §  Stanford, Dennis J. Across Atlantic Ice: the origins of America’s clovis culture. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2012.

  §  Ancient Images on Stone. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1983.

  §  Asserting American Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations face the climate crisis. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 2012.

  §  California Indians. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 1971.

  §  Mayfield, Thomas Jefferson. Indian Summer: traditional life among the Choinumne Indians of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 1993.

  §  Gudde, Erwin G. California Place Names: the origin and etymology of current and geographical names. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1998.

  §  Goerke, Betty. Chief Marin: leader, rebel, and legend. Berkeley CA: Heyday, 2007.


Tingle, Tim.  How I became a ghost.  RoadRunner Press, 2013.

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