Books with Native American Characters

From picture books to 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 kids, tweens, and teens celebrating the many experiences of Indigenous characters. Some are classics, often assigned in school as powerful and provocative teaching tools. Others are recent looks at the modern experience of Indigenous kids and teens. But all of them are captivating and compelling stories. For more great reads, check out our Historical Fiction and Books About Families lists.

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Fry Bread Book Poster Image
Lyrical tale shows role of special food in family, culture.
By Kevin Noble Maillard
(2019)
(2019)
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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Book Poster Image
Warm celebration of Cherokee families' year-round gratitude.
By Traci Sorell
(2018)
(2018)
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We Are Water Protectors Book Poster Image
Powerful words, vibrant images inspire care for the earth.
By Carole Lindstrom
(2020)
(2020)
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Thunder Boy Jr. Book Poster Image
Native American boy wants his own name in big-hearted story.
By Sherman Alexie
(2016)
(2016)
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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker Book Poster Image
Gorgeous picture book brings timely peace message.
By Robbie Robertson
(2015)
(2015)
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I Can Make This Promise Book Poster Image
Native American girl learns family secrets in touching tale.
By Christine Day
(2019)
(2019)
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The Game of Silence Book Poster Image
White settlers force Indian family to leave land.
By Louise Erdrich
(2005)
(2005)
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Indian No More Book Poster Image
Moving story of Umpqua family relocated to LA in '50s.
By Charlene Willing McManis, Traci Sorell
(2019)
(2019)
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Ghost Hawk Book Poster Image
Gorgeous tale of Native American and colonist friendship.
By Susan Cooper
(2013)
(2013)
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Julie of the Wolves Book Poster Image
Thought-provoking saga of Inuit girl adopted by wolf pack.
By Jean Craighead George
(2003)
(1972)
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Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Poster Image
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(2003)
(1960)
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My Name Is Not Easy Book Poster Image
Fascinating story of Alaskan kids growing up in the 1960s.
By Debby Dahl Edwardson
(2011)
(2011)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Give Me Some Truth Book Poster Image
Gritty, funny tale of teens on "the Rez" in 1980.
By Eric Gansworth
(2018)
(2018)
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The Round House Book Poster Image
Complex adult book explores rape survival, reservation life.
By Louise Erdrich
(2013)
(2012)
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