Native American Night Before Christmas by Gary Robinson (of Choctaw/Cherokee descent) and illustrated by Jesse T. Hummingbird (Cherokee), artist, is an innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale. This full-color book takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for an American Indian family when Old Red Shirt (the Indian Santa Claus) comes a-calling with his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread, commodities, and other goodies. Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art.
In Lela and the Butterflies written by Sherri Maret, Choctaw and Tim Maret; and illustrated by Merisha Sequoia Clark, Choctaw, Lela loves butterflies. When she takes a nature walk with Ranger Maggie, she learns that butterflies need help. Lela's small steps in butterfly conservation start with a butterfly garden of nectar and host plants, but she doesn't stop there and ends up spreading her love for butterflies throughout the community. A simple guide to planting a butterfly garden is also included. A great read aloud for storytime and picture book for elementary school readers.
When A Ghost Talks, Listen is the sequel to ‘How I Became A Ghost’ by Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw storyteller and award-winning author. Tim Tingle’s great-great-grandfather walked the Trail of Tears in 1835 and this trilogy is inspired by Tim Tingle walking the trail and from recordings of stories of tribal elders. The first book in the series, How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story, sets the scene in a story about the Choctaw removal process from the Choctaw homelands in Mississippi to the Oklahoma Reservation during the 1800s through the eyes of 10-year-old Isaac.
Standing Strong by Gary Robinson of Choctaw and Cherokee Indian descent, is the story of Rhonda Runningcrane. Rhonda's best friend has just committed suicide and this is on her mind as she copes with her own home issues. Going through her friend's facebook account though she stumbles upon something that will change her life. Driving north she joins a group protesting the planned building of a pipeline through sacred Native land in North Dakota.
A Name Earned is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers ages 12 and up, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The main characters in all the titles are Indigenous teens and the stories all include references to traditional ways. The layout and print size also contribute in making the books easier to read.
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the 2018 paper edition release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.
The Cloud Artist by Choctaw author Sherri Maret and Choctaw artist Marisha Sequoia Clark is published by RoadRunner Press. An imaginary story about a Choctaw girl who discovers her gift for painting with the clouds on a sunny day. Her family and friends are entertained and one day a traveling carnival sees her magical creations. The carnival man wants Leona to travel with the show and make cloud paintings as their cloud artist. To Leona this is a big decision that the girl has to make for herself. In the end Leona chooses to remain with her family.
No More Name is the follow-up novel in the PathFinders series from 7th Generation publishing. The story revolves around Bobby Byington as he deals with his father's alcoholism and anger. In this second story, Bobby is learning to trust and find ways of dealing with his father's issues. Bobby has found a way to return to the sport he enjoys--basketball. Unfortunately, new issues emerge as Bobby's girlfriend is bullied and resented by her less academic classmates. Bobby connects with a basketball team member who also encounters an alcoholic parent.
Native Athletes in Action, revised edition, is one of the titles in Seventh Generation Book's Native Trailblazer Series. This 2016 title contains brief biographical sketches of 13 outstanding male and female athletes from Canada and the United States. Each athlete has achieved success in their chosen sport. The book, authored by long-distance runner Vincent Schilling, celebrates the lives of Jordin Tootoo, Cheri Becerra-Madsen, Alwyn Morris, Stephanie Murata, Cory Witherill, Ross Anderson, Richard Dionne, Mike Edwards, Shelly Hruska, Beau Kemp, Naomi Lang, Jim Thorpe, and Delby Powless.
Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw, an outstanding storyteller, and award winning author. How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story approaches the topic of the Choctaw removal process from Mississippi homeland to the Oklahoma Reservation during the 1800s through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy. Winner of the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award.