Native American Children's Books

and Children's Books by Native American Authors

Native American Children's Books

In 2006, the American Indian Library Association began presenting the American Indian Youth Services Literature Award.

Three awards are presented every other year, in the categories of

  • picture book
  • middle school
  • young adult

The winners appear below.

The first book listed for each year is the picture book winner, second is middle school, and third is young adult.

Titles that appear as links are reviewed on this site.


  • Little You, by Richard Van Camp

  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse, by Joseph Marshall III

  • House of Purple Cedar, by Tim Tingle


  • Caribou Song, Atihkoo Oonagamoon, by Tomson Highway

  • How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story, by Tim Tingle

  • Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac


  • The Christmas Coat, by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

  • Free Throw and also Triple Threat, by Jacqueline Guest

  • Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School, by Adam Fortunate Eagle


  • A Coyote Solstice Tale, by Thomas King

  • Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma, by Genevieve Simermeyer

  • Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me, by Lurline Wailana McGregor


  • Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond, by Joseph Medicine Crow

  • Crossing Bok Chitto, by Tim Tingle

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie


  • Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story, by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

  • The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich

  • Hidden Roots, by Joseph Bruchac

Other N.A. Children's Books reviewed on this site

Children's books by Native American authors and of Native American interest:

American Indian children's poets.

Native American picture books at Amazon.

More children's books about minority cultures.

More children's books categorized.

Native American authors and illustrators.

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