Sky Dancers by Connie Kirk is a picture book from children's multicultural publisher Lee and Low. This title is set in the 1930s about a young Mohawk boy's relationship with his steelworker father who is helping to build the Empire State Building in New York. At home on the reserve, the boy challenges himself with tree climbing when he is not helping his grandfather. But he misses his father who lives in a New York apartment and only comes back home on weekends. It is the Depression and ironworkers were lucky to have employment.
Years ago, seventeen-year-old Apache hunter Lozen and her family lived in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones, people so augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were barely human, and there was everyone else who served them. Then the Cloud came, and everything changed. Tech stopped working. The world plunged back into a new steam age. The Ones’ pets, genetically engineered monsters, turned on them and are now loose on the world. Lozen was not one of the lucky ones pre-C, but fate has given her a unique set of survival skills and magical abilities.
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path is a recommended children's picture book about the life of an amazing athlete who was recognized Athlete of the Century by the American government in 1999. Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), Sac and Fox, was born in Oklahoma and excelled at sports. He attended Carlisle Indian School (residential/boarding school) where he played a variety of sports including football. Later in life he went to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden where he won both the Pentathlon and the Decathlon.
Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story is the story of the remarkable Pima soldier Ira Hayes and his life. Born in 1923 Ira Hayes grew up on the Gila River Reservation in Arizona with his parents and brothers. Life on the reservation was hard but Ira and his family made a living as cotton farmers. As a teen Ira was sent to Phoenix Indian School in 1940. This was a boarding school (residential school) run by the government. The regimented living conditions at the school made an impression on the shy youth.
Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer is a recent picture book that acknowledges the achievements of Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American professional baseball player in the United States. Louis was a Penobscot boy growing up on the reservation in Maine and by the time he was twelve years old in 1884 he knew he wanted to play baseball. Playing only with other children from the other side of the river brought Louis into world of sports in the United States.
Himalaya: Vanishing Cultures is a new title from Lee and Low Publishers in their Explore Vanishing Cultures Series. Each title in the series examines an Indigenous culture as the people attempt to face the challenges of their changing environment. In this book, the author offers elementary readers an opportunity to see a contemporary Sherpa and Tibetan family. Readers are introduced to a Sherpa girl named Yanghsi who lives in Nepal. We see her family and their day-to-day lives through her eyes.
Mongolia: Vanishing Cultures is a new title from Lee and Low Publishers in their Explore Vanishing Cultures Series. Each title in the series examines an Indigenous culture as the people attempt to face the challenges of their changing environment. In this book, the author offers elementary readers an opportunity to see a contemporary Mongolian family through the eyes of two cousins. Dawa and Olana look forward to the day when they acquire their own hoses.
Buffalo Song is a new picture book from prolific Abenaki storyteller and author Joseph Bruchac. This fictionalized account of the initial rescue of the American bison or buffalo is told through the eyes of the people first involved. The story opens in the year 1873 as two Nez Perce riders come across the bodies of slaughtered buffalo on the floor of a protected canyon. Hunters had taken only the tongues and left the animals where they fell. Only a weakened calf survived and the boy and his father take the dying calf to a man known as Sam Walking Coyote.
Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia is co-written and illustrated by Ted and Betsy Lewin and published by Lee and Low Books. The couple writes about their travels to Mongolia to visit the Indigenous people who continue to live with their beloved horses. The story begins with the description of the long ride from Ulaanbaatar airport with an interpreter and driver to the camp of the respected horse trainers. The couple arrives to observe the important celebration of Naadam with a family of Mongolian people.
Sahara: Vanishing Cultures is a new title from Lee and Low Publishers in their Explore Vanishing Cultures Series. Each title in the series examines an Indigenous culture as the people attempt to face the challenges of their changing environment. In this book, the author offers elementary readers an opportunity to see a contemporary Tuareg family. This family lives in the Sahara and the picture book offers readers a glimpse into their lives through the eyes of a boy in the family.