Books About the Native American Experience

From historical fiction to contemporary coming-of-age novels, this list offers a variety of options for books about and in some cases by Native Americans. Check out our selection of books for tweens and teens. Some are classics, often assigned in school as powerful and provocative teaching tools.

Browse Books About the Native American Experience

Thunder Boy Jr. Book Poster Image
Native American boy wants his own name in big-hearted story.
By Sherman Alexie
(2016)
(2016)
Continue reading
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker Book Poster Image
Gorgeous picture book brings timely peace message.
By Robbie Robertson
(2015)
(2015)
Continue reading
The Game of Silence Book Poster Image
White settlers force Indian family to leave land.
By Louise Erdrich
(2005)
(2005)
Continue reading
Moon of Two Dark Horses Book Poster Image
Haunting tale set during the Revolutionary War.
By Sally M. Keehn
(2004)
(2004)
Continue reading
Walk Two Moons Book Poster Image
Dramatic, complex tale has rich characters, emotional depth.
By Sharon Creech
(2010)
(1994)
Continue reading
Ghost Hawk Book Poster Image
Gorgeous tale of friendship between colonist and Indian.
By Susan Cooper
(2013)
(2013)
Continue reading
Julie of the Wolves Book Poster Image
Cultural themes enrich thought-provoking saga.
By Jean Craighead George
(2003)
(1972)
Continue reading
Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Poster Image
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(2003)
(1960)
Continue reading
My Name Is Not Easy Book Poster Image
Fascinating story of Alaskan kids growing up in the 1960s.
By Debby Dahl Edwardson
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
If I Ever Get Out of Here Book Poster Image
Relatable story of music-loving Native American boy in '70s.
By Eric Gansworth
(2013)
(2013)
Continue reading
The Reluctant Assassin: W.A.R.P., Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exhilarating but bloody tale starts off time travel series.
By Eoin Colfer
(2013)
(2013)
Continue reading
The Smell of Other People's Houses Book Poster Image
Poignant coming-of-age tale about four 1970 Alaskan teens.
By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
(2017)
(2016)
Continue reading
Give Me Some Truth Book Poster Image
Gritty, funny tale of teens on "the Rez" in 1980.
By Eric Gansworth
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
The Round House Book Poster Image
Complex adult book explores rape survival, reservation life.
By Louise Erdrich
(2013)
(2012)
Continue reading
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Book Poster Image
Kesey's great madhouse epic best for older teens.
By Ken Kesey
(2011)
(2002)
Continue reading