Did you Read Native in 2021?
Last year, the American Indian Library Association invited readers to enjoy books by Indigenous Authors for their Read Native challenge. The inaugural challenge featured 26 reading tasks to tackle throughout the year. To help participants along the way, staff from the Library's Many Nations Team had many books to recommend in a variety of categories.
Just because it's 2022 doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the challenge. Here are some book lists and titles that can help you get started.
Novels set on a reservation of about the urban experience
- Heart Berries by Terese Maire Mailhot
- This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples
- Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
Fiction and debut novels
- The Ancient Child by N. Scott Momaday
- Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
- The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
Books about holidays, art, and cookbooks
- The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman
- How to Weave a Navajo Rug and Other Lessons from Spider Woman by Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas
- Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way by Thomas Yellowtail
Looking for more recommendations? We've got plenty on our website!
Best Many Nations Children's/YA books of 2021
This list is brought to you by the American Indians in Children's Literature Organization (AICL).
- Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
- The Used-to-be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley
- The Wolf Mother by Brett D. Huson
- Peggy Flanagan: Ogimaa Kwe, Lieutenant Governor by Jessica Engelking