There is something wonderful about sharing your culture with other people. Here in Canada, the First Nations culture is a huge part of our heritage. As such, it deserves to be shared with the next generation. Recently here in beautiful British Columbia, the government has created new school curriculum guidelines to honour our Indigenous heritage.
Whether you are a teacher, a librarian, a homeschooling mom, or a stay-at-home mom, I thought I’d set you all up with a great list of First Nations books for kids that would be perfect in your school library or to read to your class or kids at home!
Some of these books cover more serious topics like residential schools while others will make your students laugh out loud (particularly #8 – don’t say I didn’t warn you).
1. A Salmon for Simon by Betty Waterton and Ann Blades
2. Dipnetting with Dad by Willie Sellar
3. On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
4. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
5. Hide and Sneak by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak
6. Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
7. A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak
8. Just a Walk by Jordan Wheeler
9. Jenneli’s Dance by Elizabeth Denny
10. When I was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
11. When We Were Alone by David Robertson
12. Nutik and Amaroq Play Ball by Jean Craighead George
13. The Littlest Sled Dog by Michael Kusugak and Vladyana Krykorka
14. Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola I. Campbell
15. Thunder Boy Jr by Sherman Alexie
16. Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk
17. Blackflies by Robert Munsch
18. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
19. I Like Who I Am by Tara White
20. I am Canada: A Celebration by Heather Patterson
21. The Elders are Watching by David Bouchard and Roy Henry Vickers
22. Akilak’s Adventure by Deborah Kigjugalik Webster
23. P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony by Scot Ritchie
24. Our First Caribou Hunt by Chris Giroux and Jennifer Noah
25. Sharing Our World: Animals of the Native Northwest Coast by various artists
I hope you enjoyed this list of First Nations books. There are so many great stories out there, so I encourage you to check out your local library as well for even more resources! Do you have a favourite Indigenous author or book? Tell me about it!