Read Woke: American Indian, First Nations, and Alaska Native Voices, Picture Books

Here you will find picture books, and a few board books, by and about American Indians, First Nations citizens, and Alaska Natives. Many of these authors have other titles of note as well, be sure to check them out for more wonderful content. #readwoke

The girl and the wolf

Katherena Vermette

jE Vermette
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nature

"A young girl becomes lost in the woods after wandering too far away from her mother. Scared because she is lost, she encounters a large wolf who reminds her of her own ability to survive and find her mother again."--

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A stunning take on the classic "girl meets wolf" tale, just right for sharing.
- Casey

At the mountain's base

Traci Sorell

jE Sorell
Read Woke, Picture Books

"At the mountain's base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family -- loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. The strength in their song sustains them through trials on the ground and in the sky, as they wait for their loved one, a pilot, to return from war."--Amazon.

Fry bread : A Native American Family Story

Kevin Noble Maillard

eBOOK
Read Woke, Picture Books

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This one has it all! Fabulous rhyming text, wonderful illustrations, and a wealth of backmatter make this a perfect book for sharing in groups or one on one.
- Casey

You hold me up

Monique Gray Smith

eBOOK
Read Woke, Picture Books

An evocative picture book intended to foster reconciliation among children and encourage them to show each other love and support.

The forever sky

Thomas D. Peacock

jE Peacock
Read Woke, Picture Books

Two young Ojibwe brothers, Niigaanii and Bineshiinh, look to the stars and spin stories, some inspired by Uncle and some of their own making, as they remember their grandmother.

Bowwow powwow : bagosenjige-niimi'idim

Brenda J. Child

jE Child
Read Woke, Picture Books, Animals

"When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers--all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow."--Provided by publisher.

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This book is a celebration! Don't miss the fun.
- Casey

We sang you home

Richard Van Camp

eBOOK
Read Woke, Board Books

A pair of parents celebrate their new baby.

The good luck cat

Joy Harjo

jE Harjo
Read Woke, Picture Books, Animals

Because her good luck cat Woogie has already used up eight of his nine lives in narrow escapes from disaster, a Native American girl worries when he disappears.

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This is US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo's, only picture book, and it is lovely.
- Casey

Jingle dancer

Cynthia Leitich Smith

jE Smith
Read Woke, Picture Books

Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.

Black bear red fox : colours in Cree

Julie Flett

jBOARD BOOK Flett
Read Woke, Board Books, Animals

A book demonstrating colors in English as well as in Cree, along with the pronunciation.

First laugh : welcome, baby!

Rose Ann Tahe

eBOOK
Read Woke, Picture Books

A Navajo family welcomes a new baby into the family with love and ceremony, eagerly waiting for that first special laugh. Includes brief description of birth customs in different cultures.

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A beautiful custom, and book--sweet from start to finish.
- Casey

Baby learns about animals

jBOARD BOOK Baby
Read Woke, Board Books

Baby feeds and trains the family's animals.