Books about the Northeastern Indigenous Nations for Elementary

On the first half of this page, you will find books about pre-contact Turtle Island, as well as 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.

Picture book about Native American legends, Native Americanlegends for children, Joseph Bruchac
Children of the Longhouse, Joseph Bruchac, Chapter book about Native American life
Childrens books about the history of lacrosse
Picture book about Hiawatha,Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
Houses of Bark, Bonnie Shemie, books about Native Americans for kids, childrens books about Native Americans

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.

Kunus Basket, Books about contemporary Native American culture, Picture books about Native Americans
The People Shall Continue, Native AMerican History for Kids, childrens books about Native american history
Books about the Wampanoag Indians for kids.
Books about tapping maple trees, books about making maple syrup
Native AmericanHistory Books for kids, Native American History for kids
Native American history for children, Turtle Island

 

Turtle Island is the original name for North America. 

 

The name comes from various Indigenous creation stories.