[kids-lib] Culturally appropriate Native American books

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Nov 1 08:22:36 PDT 2011

If you plan to featuring books about Native Americans in displays, booklists, during storytimes, and at other programs around the Thanksgiving holiday, there is a great children's and teen book blog by Native Americans that is an excellent resource.  They provide lists of good, culturally appropriate and authentic books as well as blog entries on books that do not represent Native Americans appropriately.  For details, read the email below:

From: Debbie Reese [mailto:dreese.nambe at gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 6:54 AM
To: alsc-l at ala.org<mailto:alsc-l at ala.org>; CCBC Network
Subject: [alsc-l] Books for Native American Month

Good morning,

Though I find it problematic to observe any demographic in a specific month (it suggests we do not have to pay attention to them the rest of the time), I also recognize that many of you are working with teachers who are doing studies of American Indians this month. In the spirit of helping you help those teachers find books that accurately portray American Indians, I'm writing to point you to five book/resource lists available at American Indians in Children's Literature.

To get to the lists, go to http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/ and look at the far right column under the IF YOU'RE STARTING A LIBRARY... section. There, you'll see:

Top Board Books for Babies
Top Ten Books for Elem School
Top Ten Books for Middle School
Top Ten Books for High School
Top Books/Resource about Boarding Schools

Please share this email and the lists with your patrons, friends, colleagues, and parents. And, please excuse cross-listings.

Thank you,

Debbie Reese, Ph.D.
Tribally enrolled: Nambe Pueblo

Publisher of American Indians in Children's Literature <http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.net>
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/debreese<http://twitter.com/#%21/debreese>
Email: dreese.nambe at gmail.com<mailto:dreese.nambe at gmail.com>

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
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