Jumpstart’s Book Recommendation for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Jumpstart's Book Recommendation for Indigenous Peoples' Day

On Monday, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day! Check out our book recommendations that feature indigenous characters and families to share in your classrooms and with your children and spark conversation. We hope you are able to read these with all of the young learners in your life.

  • Birdsong, written and illustrated by Julie Flett  
    • An intergenerational story about a girl and her elderly neighbor. Read along to follow their friendship as it quietly blossoms through the passage of time. 
  • We are Water Protectors, written by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade 
    • Learn about the importance of water in this story and the ways we can protect our environment for the years to come.  
  • We are Grateful/Ostalihalega, written by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessac 
    • Celebrate the Cherokee way of life in this book. As you read, travel through the seasons and share in the many things the community express gratitude for.  
  • On the Trapline, written by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett 
    • Take a trip with a boy and his grandpa through memories in this intergenerational story  
  • Frybread, written by Kevin Noble Maillard , illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
    • A story about the celebration of fry bread as symbol of food, family, and tradition. 
  • Sweetest Kulu, written by Celina Kalluk, illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis
    • A newborn hears about all the gifts they are given to live a beautiful life. 
  • Finding My Dance, written by Ria Thundercloud, illustrated by Kalila J. Fuller 
    • A true story about Ria’s journey into dance, from her first powwow to tap, jazz, and ballet. 


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