Books about the Indigenous Nations of California for Elementary

On the first half of this page, you will find books about pre-contact Turtle Island, along with traditional stories. Scroll down to find selections on contemporary life in Indian country. You will also find surveys or books that cover large spans of time on the second half of this page.

Between Earth and Sky, Books by Joseph Bruchac, Picture books about Native Americans, Picture books about North American Geography

In thinking about history it is helpful to view time as a spiral, rather than a straight static line. The past is connected to the present and the future. Far too often, the myth of the vanished Indian persists in children's history books and curricula. It is imperative to include the narratives of Indigenous Nations in whatever time period you are studying. However, it is equally important to read books that show contemporary Native Americans living in the present. Simply by including these titles in your school or home library you are helping to disrupt the myth of the vanished Indian and you are not perpetuating the relegation of Native Americans to the past.

Books about California Indians for kids
The People Shall Continue, Native American History for Kids
Native American History for kids, Native Americn History, Native American Crafts
Native American history for kids, Turtle Island history

 

Turtle Island is the original name for North America. 

 

The name comes from various Indigenous creation stories.