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Weekend Links: Books and Experiences for #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

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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.

Native American Heritge

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

Native American books

Plimoth Plantation: Learning About Native Americans at Pragmaticmom

Native American Heritage Month

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


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A Year in the Secret Garden