Use this subject guide as a starting point to find many resources on Native Americans for your school assignments and reports. If the titles listed here are not readily available at your local Library, ask your Librarian to help you use the Request-a-Title option in the online catalog to place a hold on the item.
For general information on Native Americans, try these resources. Some books may be designated as reference materials, which means you would have to visit the Library that owns the book to use it there.
Atlas of Indians of North America by Gilbert Legay
Encyclopedia of North American Indians by D.L. Birchfield, general editor
Native Americans published by Grolier Educational
North American Indians by Herman J. Viola
Scholastic Encyclopedia of the North American Indian by James Ciment
For more detailed information on specific tribes or peoples, try using the following series recommended for elementary and middle grade students.
The Native American Peoples series is recommended for elementary grade students in grades 4 -5. Titles in the series include:
The Junior Library of American Indians series is recommended for children in grades 4 and up. Titles in this series include:
Cheyenne Indians by Liz Sonneborn
Mohawk Indians by Janet Hubbard-Brown.
You may find these books about the first Thanksgiving useful:
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac with the Plimoth Plantation
Giving thanks: the 1621 harvest feast by Kate Waters
Nickommoh!: a Narragansett Thanksgiving by Jackie French Koller
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Teresa Noel Celsi
Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation by Diane Stanley
American Indian Resource Directory: includes a Tribal Directory by state and Native American literature
Native American Sites : search by native nation
First Nations Histories: search by native nation. Includes a reading list and a tribe locator in the US and Canada
Use our online database called Lifelines for students in grades K-12 in order to find homework resources on Native Americans. Information for students in grades K-4 on North American Indians includes magazine articles, more great web sites and local resources. Check out the Social Studies - Native Americans section of the database for students in grades 5 and up, which includes recommended web sites and suggestions on how to effectively search the online catalog.
Authors Joseph Bruchac and Paul Goble's books are excellent sources for reading about Native Americans. Click on their names to see full listings of titles that they have written. To view the titles owned by your local Library, choose your Library's name from the drop-down menu and click on the "Search" button. Here are some titles that we recommend for children of all ages, which include fiction, folk tales, plays and more.
Tiles by Joseph Bruchac are below. For more information on this author, see his web site.
Titles by Paul Goble:
Girl who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
The Great Race of the Birds and the Animals by Paul Goble
Mystic Horse by Paul Goble
The return of the buffaloes : a Plains Indian story about famine and renewal of the earth told and illustrated by Paul Goble
Here are some recommended titles with Native American themes for young readers:
Check out these fiction selections for older readers:
The Birchbark House by Lois Erdrich
Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Minuk: Ashes in the Pathway by Kirkpatrick Hill
Sacajawea: The Story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Joseph Bruchac
Here are some folklore and legends that may interest you:
Iktomi and the Buffalo Skull by Paul Goble
Rough-face Girl by Rafe Martin
Story of Jumping Mouse: a Native American Legend by John Steptoe
Turkey Girl: Zuni Cinderella by Penny Pollock
To do a Subject search:
Although we now use the term "Native Americans," the subject heading used in the online catalog to search for information is Indians of North America. To view the titles owned by your local Library, choose your Library's name from the drop-down menu and click on the "Search" button. If you scroll through the list of subject headings, you'll see that Indians of North America may be subdivided by region and topic, such as:
Indians of North America -- New York (State)
You may also perform a Subject search by the name of the native nation. For instance:
The terms Juvenile Literature designate books for preschool through middle grade readers:
Iroquois Indians -- Social Life And Customs -- Juvenile Literature
We recommend that you try Keyword searches as well. The following are just a few examples:
Native Americans History
Native Americans Juvenile
Name of the native nation
Name of the native nation History
Name of the native nation Juvenile
Name of the native nation Social Life
If you would like to browse the collections in the Library to see what is available on the shelves, you should look in the following Dewey Decimal number range: J 970 for elementary and middle grade reading levels or YA 970 for young adult titles.
Prepared by PPLD Staff, updated 6/09
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