Weekend Links: Books and Experiences for #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

As always, the amazing authors and bloggers have gone above-and-beyond in sharing the best-of-the best in quality Native American booklists, activities and reviews. I’ve share a few of my top picks here along with some great posts from the JIAB archives:

Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki descent, newest book “The Hunter” It’s an informative blog posting with “The Hunter’s Promise” a book summary, link to an interview with the author, some teacher resources and two recipes that tie in with the book at Ever Ready.

The Hunter's Promise Book Review and Extension Activities

“The egg of the thunder bird in The Thunder Egg was actually inspired by geodes. The Thunder Egg book extension and review.


Custer’s Last Battle by Paul Goble {A Wisdom Tale’s Book} book review.

Custer's Last Battle

The Wisdom Tales website has wonderful tipi patterns for book extension activities. See what happened when we downloaded them and created a village!


Crafty Moms Share: Pine and the Winter Sparrow Book Review & #extension activities for kids.

pine and sparrow Collage

Tribal Nations Maps and books about inspiring Native American Women at Crafty Moms Share.

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Great booklist from “Comanche-inspired author” Max Oliver-Native American Books for Kids- A Recommended Reading List

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Plimoth Plantation: Learning About Native Americans at Pragmaticmom

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Stumped for ideas? Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month via the American Indian College Fund


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This holiday season, give your children the gift that will nurture a lifetime of positive habits; give the gift of a book.
A Year in The Secret Garden
As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages, is also an important act that will aid in them being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only work to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences.
A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book. This delightful children’s book from authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters offers unique and original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.
This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN! Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!
A Year in the Secret Garden

The Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition Book Review & Giveaway

No certainly this can’t be true? Has it really been 30 years since that magical Christmas tale of a train pulling up into a young boys front yard and hurling him over hill and dale until he reaches the North Pole? Oh, with hot chocolate of course. To my astonishment, it’s true. Thirty years later, […]

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle and a look at dyslexia

One of the things I greatly admire is the ability of Newbury award-winning author Margarita Engle of creating an immersive experience in her books. She does this in a variety of ways. First she not only creates characters that we attach to immediately but somehow identify with even if we’ve never met such a person […]

Author Appearances at Frances Hodgson Burnett Sesquicentennial Event

You may remember my mention last week of the upcoming Frances Hodgson Burnett Sesquicentennial Event Celebration. If you read that post you know how excited I am to celebrate an author who has touched my life in so many ways, and also one who is from my home state of Tennessee. While researching my book […]

Getting to Know the CoHosts of Multicultural Children’s Book Day

As with any event, success is measured by the strength and effectiveness of the team. At MCCBD Headquarters we are happy to report that we do indeed have a very strong team! Multicultural Children’s Book Day is thankful for its CoHosts. Our CoHosts are a group of select powerhouse bloggers who share the same diversity […]

Raising A Rock-Star Reader

I’ve been excited for this day to come for a really long time. Two long time blogging friends, Amy Mascott from the blog Teach Mama and Allison McDonald from the blog No Time for Flashcards are releasing their new book today Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love […]

Native American Heritage Month: The Hunter’s Promise

  I first saw this book when it was in galley form and it was breathtaking then. Actually holding the book in my hands is an experience I’m very happy with. The Hunter’s Promise: An Abenaki Tale told by long time story-teller and author Joseph Bruchac and beautifully illustrated by Bill Farnsworth is a beautiful […]

Multicultural Back to School Library Book Giveaway WINNERS

Winners – Big Multicultural Back to School Library Book Giveaway Wondering who won the big Multicultural Back to School Library Book Giveaway back in September? The wait is over! In September KidLit TV launched our first ever Big Multicultural Back to School Library Book Giveaway! We partnered with Pragmatic Mom, Jump into a Book, Franticmommy […]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Sesquicentennial Event Celebration

While researching A Year in the Secret Garden I discovered that author Frances Hodgson Burnett lived in the United States from 1865 until she went back for a visit to England in 1872. Another great discovery was that she lived in the town next to our Knoxville and then up in the Jefferson City area […]

Teachers! Earn a FREE Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom!

Attention K-8th Teachers! Get a FREE Diversity Book for Your Class! 2016 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge begins November 1, 2015! Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge is a special project connected to Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/16) that gives classrooms the opportunity to earn a FREE Diversity Book for their class! […]

Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Review and Extension Activities

I have to say RUN, as fast as you can to your nearest bookstore and get this book. My word, what an incredible read! This book is a masterfully told thriller with loads of mystery, intrigue, setting, and spookiness. It is storytelling at it’s finest. We are celebrating Halloween this year by jumping into the fine pages […]

All Hallow’s Eve Press Review by Donna Davis

In the mood for some frightfully fun and spooky reads? Donna Davies, the Halloween Queen, channels her love of this haunting holiday into her charming, comical children’s books. She has released six books, including a coloring book, that all center around the legends of All Hallow’s Eve. Ms. Davies is a staunch supporter of local […]