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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Books for Kids

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is the perfect time to talk about the present-day life and culture of Native American nations or indigenous people. There are many ways children of all ages can observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but one is by reading any of these magnificent picture books.

We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

We are Water Protectors

We Are Water Protectors is a beautifully illustrated picture book about the importance of safeguarding natural resources. Vivid imagination and the importance of water as a source of life are the overarching themes of this book. We highly recommend this #1 New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal award.

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child

Bowwow Powwow

In this story, we follow Windy Girl and her uncle. She enjoys the stories that her uncle shares as they ice fish and travel to a powwow. These stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude, give Windy Girl more insight into her cultural heritage.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

Fry Bread

There are many culturally affirming experiences we share with our families. For Kevin Noble Maillard, a member of the Seminole Nation,  making and eating fry bread together is one of the most memorable experiences. A recipe is included in the back of the book for families to try together after sharing this story.

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Check out this NPR article about Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Books for Kids
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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Books for Kids

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