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Staff Favorites- Books celebrating Native American Heritage

Like many of you, we have been on a mission to diversify our bookshelves in our homes in an effort to celebrate all cultures and families, not just the ones that live in our homes. November is Native American Heritage Month, and our littles have loved the newest additions to our home libraries. We think yours will too!

"We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga" Book by Traci Sorell

A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences.

"Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story" Book by Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal

Fry bread is food.

It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.

It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.

It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.

It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

"Bowwow Powwow : Bagosenjige-niimi'idim"

by Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator), Gordon Jourdain (Translator)

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself–about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.

"Grandmother's Dreamcatcher"

by Becky Ray McCain, Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)

When Kimmy has bad dreams, Grandmother shows Kimmy a dreamcatcher, and with a twig, beads, feathers, and leather, they begin to make one just for Kimmy. Will it work? Instructions for making a dreamcatcher appear at the end of the book.