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Recommended Student Literature


Selecting and Evaluating Aboriginal Literature

Teaching Indigenous Literature

Notes on how to assess, select and teach indigenous literature.

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

From the AICL site:  "American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society."

Oyate Criteria for Evaluating Books

The Oyate website offers a comprehensive list of criteria for evaluating literature resources for use in classrooms, both within and without an Aboriginal Education context.  This list is a companion piece to the book "How To Tell The Difference: A Guide to Evalutating Children's Books for Anti-Indian Bias", which includes a list of criteria for evaluating anti-Indian bias on the book website.


Recommended Literature for Students

Below is a list of recommended books on Aboriginal topics, organized by recommended grade level. Each title is linked to a page for that book, and most books can be found at your local public library or university library.





The Aboriginal Alphabet

Ballentyne, Evelyn

Carry Me, Mama

Devine, Monica

The Good Luck Cat

Harjo, Joy

On Mother's Lap

Herbert Scott, Ann

Fancy Dance

Johnson, Leslie

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Joose, Barbara M.

Taking Care of Mother Earth

Kruger, Leanne Flett

My Arctic 1,2,3

Kusugak, Michael

Looking After Me

Lecoy, Denise

Ribbon Rescue

Munsch, Robert

Eat, Run and Live Healthy

Olson, Karen

Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth

Olson, Karen

Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives

Olson, Karen

Living Safe, Playing Safe

Olson, Karen

Living in an Igloo

Reynolds, Jan

Baby Learns About Seasons

Ruffenach, Jessie Eve

I Can't Have Bannock But the Beaver Has a Dam

Wheeler, Bernalda

Where Did You Get Your Moccasins?

Wheeler, Bernalda

The Bannock Book Ducharme, Linda
Owls and Loons Burke, Zoe
We Sang You Home Van Camp, Richard

Book of Play

Native Northwest


Primary (Grades 1-3)




Spring Blizzard

Brookes, Diane

Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America

Bruchac, Joseph

Raccoon's Last Race: A Traditional Abenaki Story

Bruchac, Joseph

The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story

Bruchac, Joseph

Turtle's Race with Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story

Bruchac, Joseph

Maple Moon

Crook, Cronnie Brummel

Bears Make Rock Soup & Other Stories

Erdrich, Lise

Red Parka Mary

Eyvindson, Peter

The Night Rebecca Stayed Too Late

Eyvindson, Peter

Owl Eyes

Gates, Frieda and Miyake, Yoshi

A Walk on the Tundra

Hainu, Rebecca

Pow Wow Activity Book

Hummingbird, Sandy and Hummingbird, Jesse

Zoe and the Fawn

Jameson, Catherine

When I was Eight Jordan-Fenton, Christy and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Not My Girl Jordan-Fenton, Christy and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
The Qalupalik

Kilabuk, Elisha

Hide and Sneak

Kusugak, Michael

Naya the Inuit Cinderella

Marceua-Chenkie, Brittany

Grandmother's Dreamcatcher

McCain, Becky Ray

Nanabosho: How the Turtle Got Its Shell

McLellan, Joe

A Promise is a Promise

Munsch, Robert

The Bead Pot

Poirier, Thelma

The Orphan and the Polar Bear

Qaunaq, Sakiasi

Berry Magic

Sloat, Teri

Thanks to the Animals

Sockabasin, Allen


Trottier, Maxine


Waboose, Jan Bourdeau

Where Only the Elders Go- Moon Lake Loon Lake

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau

A Salmon for Simon

Waterson, Betty

Hidden Buffalo

Wiebe, Rudy

Nala's Magical Mitsiaq: A Story of Inuit Adoption

Noah, Jennifer 

The Song Within My Heart  Bouchard, Dave
When I Was Eight Jordan-Fenton, Christy & Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret
Our First Caribou Hunt

Noah, Jennifer & Giroux, Chris 

Fishing With Grandma

Avingaq, Susan & Vsetula, Maren

Little You Richard Van Camp
Coyote Tales King, Thomas

When we were alone

David Alexander Robertson


Junior (Grades 4-6)




Uumajut: Learn about Arctic Wildlife

Ava, Simon

As Long as the River Flow

Bartleman, James

An Aboriginal Carol

Bouchard, David

Nokum is My Teacher

Bouchard, David

I am Raven: A Story of Discovery

Bouchard, David


Bruchac, Joseph

Children of the Longhouse

Bruchac, Joseph

Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

Bruchac, Joseph

Native American Games & Stories

Bruchac, Joseph

Keepers of Life: Native Plant Stories (Audiobook)

Bruchac, Joseph

The Arrow Over the Door

Bruchac, Joseph

The Dark Pond

Bruchac, Joseph

The Heart of a Chief

Bruchac, Joseph

The Native Stories from Keepers of Life

Bruchac, Joseph

Skeleton Man

Bruchac, Joseph

The Native Stories from Keepers of the Earth

Caduto, Michael J.

The Bear's Long Tail

Chartand, Jane

A River Ran Wild

Cherry, Lynne

The Ojibwa: Wild Rice Gatherers

DeAngelis, Therese

Melanie Bluelake's Dream

Dorion, Betty Fitzpatrick

Morning Girl

Doris, Michael

The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy

Englar, Mary

The Birchbark House

Erdrich, Louise

Game of Silence

Erdrich, Louise

Joy of Apex

Folger, Napatsi

Skywoman - Legends of the Iroquois

George, Douglas M. 


Gibson, Karen Bush

Gchi-Kinoomaadwinan Gaa-ni-zhi-aankeshkaamgag (How the Great Teachings were Passed On)

Grade 6-8 Studnets, First Nations School, Toronto

The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle

Grutman, Jewel H.

The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations

Ipellie, Alootook

Christmas at Wapos Bay

Jackson, Dennis

First Contact: Canada a People's History

Jaenen, Cornelius

A Coyote Columbus Story

King, Thomas

The Inuit: Ivory Carvers of the Far North

Koestler-Grack, Rachel A.

The Iroquois - Longhouse Builders

Koestler-Grack, Rachel A.

The Curse of the Shaman: A Marble Island Story

Kusugak, Michael Arvaarluk

The Ojibwe (Native American Histories)

Levine, Michelle


Lewis, Marion

The Ojibwa - American Indian Art & Culture

Lomberg, Michelle

The Kids Book of the Far North

Lowe, Ann

The Gathering Tree

Loyie, Larry and Brissenden, Constance

When the Spirits Dance: A Cree Boy's Search For the Meaning of War

Loyie, Larry and Brissenden, Constance

The Iroquois Indians (Native Peoples Series)

Lund, Bill

The Ojibwa Indians (Native Peoples Series)

Lund, Bill

Nanabosho and the Cranberries

McLellan, Joseph

Nanabosho Dances

McLellan, Joseph

The Legend of the Fog

Mikkigak, Quanaq and Schwartz, Joanne

Catching Spring

Olsen, Sylvia

Murphy and the Mousetrap

Olsen, Sylvia

The Red Sash

Pendziwol, Jean E.

The Vanishing Rainforest

Platt, Richard


Preszler, June

Tepees (Native American Life)

Preszler, June

The Shadow that Rush Past: A Collection of Frightening Inuit Folktales

Qitsualik, Rachel A.

The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering (We Are Still Here)

Regguinti, Gordon

Muskrat Will Be Swimming

Savageau, Cheryl

The Kids Book of Aboriginal People in Canada

Silvey, Diane

Little Voice

Slipperjack, Ruby

Indian Shoes

Smith, Cynthia Leitich

Rain is Not My Indian Name

Smith, Cynthia Leitich

Discovering First Peoples and First Contacts

Smith, John

Secret of the Dance

Spalding, Andrea and Scow, Alfred

Iroquois - A True Book

Takacs, Stefanie

How We Saw the World

Taylor, C.J.

Angelique: Angel in the Snow

Taylor, Cora

Angelique: Buffalo Hunt

Taylor, Cora

Angelique: The Long Way Home

Taylor, Cora

The Ojibwa: People of the Great Lakes

Todd, Anne

I is for Inuksuk: An Arctic Celebration

Wallace, Mary

The Vision Seeker

Whetung, James

Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: Traditional Sugarmaking (We Are Still Here)

Wittstock, Laura Waterman

I Am Not A Number  Dupuis, Jenny K. & Kacer, Kathy
Legacy Waubgeshig Rice
The Moons Speak Cree: A Winter Adventure Larry Loyie & Constance Brissenden
Missing Nimama Florence, Melanie


Intermediate (Grades 7-8)




The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat

Batten, Jack


Bouchard, David

Code Talker

Bruchac, Joseph

Hidden Roots

Bruchac, Joseph

Jim Thorpe: Original All-American

Bruchac, Joseph

The Girl Who Married the MoonL Tales from Native North America

Bruchac, Joseph

The Dream Carvers

Clark, Joan

Native Women of Courage

Fournel, Kelly

Mush-Hole: Memories of a Residential School

Harper, Maddie


Harper, Franes Ellen Watkins


Hartinger, Brent

Native American Art & Culture

January, Brendan

Mermaids and Medicine Women - Native Myths and Legends

Johnston, Basil

The Bear-Walker and Other Tales

Johnston, Basil

The Star-Man and Other Tales

Johnston, Basil

Mi'kmaq of the East Coast

Leavitt, Robert

Smiler's Bones

Lerangis, Peter

Blood Red Ochre

Major, Kevin

Onkwehonwe-Neha: Mohawk Way of Life

Maracle, Sylvia

George Johnson's War

McCallum Garvie, Maureen

Touching Spirit Bear

Mikaelsen, Ben

Tree Girl

Mikaelsen, Ben

The Good Path: Ojibwe Learning & Activity Book

Peacock, Thomas

Aboriginal Peoples: Building for the Future

Reed, Kevin

Native Athletes in Action

Schilling, Vincent

Under a Shooting Star

Trottier, Maxine

By the Standing Stone

Trottier, Maxine

Sister to the Wolf

Trottier, Maxine

A Circle of Silver

Trottier, Maxine

A Very Small Rebellion

Truss, Jan

War of the Eagles

Walters, Eric

Rain Is Not My Indian Name Smith, Cynthia L.
Fire Fight  Guest, Jacqueline 


Senior (Grades 9 and up)




The Abosolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman

The Mishomos Book: The Voice of the Ojibway

Benton-Banai, Edward

The Sacred Tree

Bopp, Judie and Michael

Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography

Brown, Chester

Bowman's Store a Journey to Myself

Brucac, Joseph

Who Will Tell My Brother?

Carvell, Marlene

Kappianaqtut - Strange Creatures and Fantastic Beings from Inuit Myths and Legends

Christopher, Neil

North American Indians Today: Ojibwa

Cornell, George L. 

April Raintree

Culleton Mosionier, Beatrice

A Concise History of Canada's First Nations

Dickason, Olivia Patricia and Newbigging, William

Pow-Wow Dancer's and Craftworker's Handbook

Hungry Wolf, Adolf

ContemporaryIssues: Aboriginal Studies 30

Kainai Board of Education

Peoples and Cultural Change: Aboriginal Studies 20

Kainai Board of Education

Medicine River

King, Thomas

One Good Story, That One

King, Thomas

Truth & Bright Water

King, Thomas

Wisdom of the Elders: Native and Scientific Ways of Knowing About Nature

Snudston, Peter and Suzuki, David

American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities

Mihesuah, Devon A.

Petroglyphs: Ancient Language

Moore, Sabra

Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indians

Clanology - Clan System of the Iroquois

Porter, Tom

First Nations Inuit and Métis Peoples: Exploring Thier Past, Present, and Future

Roberts, John

Dancing with a Ghost: Exploring Aboriginal Reality

Ross, Rupert

Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice

Ross, Rupert

Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws: The Sugar Bush

Solomon, Chad and Meyer, Christopher

My Name is Seepeetza

Sterling, Shirley

The Boy in the Treehouse, The Girl Who Loved Her Horses

Taylor, Drew Hayden

The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel

Taylor, Drew Hayden

Toronto at Dreamer's Rock and Education is Our Right: Two One-Act Plays

Taylor, Drew Hayden

Legends of the Iroquois


Roots of the Iroquois


Wampum Belts


Wampum Belts of the Iroquois


Illagiiniiq - Interviews on Inuit Family Values

Tulugarjuk, Leo

The Elders Are Watching

Vickers, Roy Henry and Bouchard, David

Keeper'n Me

Wagamese, Richard

Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors, A National History Loyie, Larry O., Brissenden, Constance & Spear, Wayne K.
Urban Tribes: Native Americans in The City  Charleyboy, Lisa & Leatherdale, Mary B.
Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel  LaBoucane-Benson, Patti
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices Charleyboy, Lisa & Leatherdale, Mary B. 
The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future and Idle No More Movement  The Kino-nda-niimi Collective
Lightfinder Aaron Paquette
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants Robin Wall Kimmerer
Medicine Walk Richard Wagamese
The Missing  Florence, Melanie 
Shadows Cast by Stars Knutsson, Catherine 
Back of the Turtle  King, Thomas 
Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America  King, Thomas 


Livres en Français/Books in French




Littérature amérindienne du Québec : Écrits de langue française 

Dr.  Maurizio Gatti

Les premières nations : À la découverte du Canada

Robert Livesey, A.G. Smith

Contes inuits en bandes dessinées

Thierry Lamy & AL

Des couleurs pour demain

Nicole Snitselaar et Coralie Saudo

Corbeau vole la lumière

Bill Reid et Robert Bringhurst

Mythes et légendes des Amérindiens

Jean-Claude Dupont

Yawendara et la fôret des têtes coupées

Louis-Karl Sioui

Les langues autochtones du Québec

Lynn Drapeau & AL

Des gardiens des croyances autochtones

Legros Diane

Spiritualités des peuples autochtones

Myriam Jezequel

Nipish, une narration en autochtonie

Louis-Edmond Hamelin

Le petit aigle et l'enfant

Johanne Laframboise


Jean Sioui

Inuit : les peuples du froid

Georges-Hebert Germain

Petit Inuit et les deux questions

Davide Cali

Les croyances, les valeurs et les ambitions des peuples autochtones

Barbara Filion, Neal McLeod, Shay-Lea O-Brien

Qu'est-ce qu'on y voit ? L'art autochtone de la côte nord-ouest du Pacifique

Karin Clark, Andree-Marie Burton, Louise Bedard

La quête spirituelle de Petit Ours

Diane Silvey

La légende du corbeau

Isabelle Larouche


Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon

Immaaluk, quelques jours chez Quara et Kunuk

Jacques Pasquet  

Chasse en qimutsik

Joanassie Sivuarapik

Albin visite les autochtones

Julie R. Bélanger

Le secret de Mikissuk : Un voyage au pays des Inuits

Isabelle Lafonta Barroux

Les peuples autochtones du Canada

Kevin Reed & Mary Joy Elijah

Légendes autochtones

Marc Scott

Contes des enfants du monde : Petit Inuit

Patricia Geis

Mots de neige, de sable et d'océan : littératures autochtones

Dr.  Maurizio Gatti   

La grande-mère d'Aputik

Diane Groulx

Du Sang Sur Nos Terres: Joséphine Bouvier, Témoin de la Rébellion de Louis Riel, (Blood Upon Our Land)

Trottier, Maxine & Faubert, Martine


Aboriginal Literature Catalogues


Please note that the books on these catalogues have not been approved or reviewed by the Deepening Knowledge Project or OISE.


Link to Catalogue

Strong Nations


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