Indigenous Folktales of The Americas

We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Water is the first medicine.
It affects and connects us all . . .

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

“A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff.” —The New York Times Book Review

Rain Player Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395720837
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Published: Clarion Books - September 18th, 1995

The ancient Mayan belief that the future was divinely decreed and could not be changed is the basis for this original tale of a boy who must defeat the Rain God in a ball game to save his people from disaster. Mayan art and architecture were the inspiration for the spectacular cut-paper artwork.

Popol Vuh Cover Image
By Victor Montejo, Luis Garay (Illustrator), David Unger (Translator)
ISBN: 9780888999214
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Published: Groundwood Books - March 1st, 2009

Mayan civilization once flourished in what is today Guatemala and the Yucatan. The Mayan sacred book the Popol Vuh tells of the creation of the universe, the world of gods and demi-gods and the creation of mankind.

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America: A Toon Graphic Cover Image
By Jaime Hernandez, F. Isabel Campoy (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781943145294
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Published: Toon Graphics - April 3rd, 2018

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets creator Jaime Hernandez asks these questions and more as he transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Guided by the classic works of F.

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses Cover Image
By Paul Goble, Paul Goble (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689716966
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Published: Aladdin - March 31st, 1993

"There was a girl in the village who loved horses... She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed that she understood horses in a special way."
And so begins the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe's horses. With simple text and brilliant illustrations.

Bowwow Powwow Cover Image
By Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator), Gordon Jourdain (Translator)
ISBN: 9781681340777
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 1st, 2018

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.

Johnny's Pheasant Cover Image
By Cheryl Minnema, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781517905019
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - November 1st, 2019

An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandma

"Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!” Johnny says. Grandma does, and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the ditch: a sleeping pheasant. What Grandma sees is a small feathery hump.

The Forever Sky Cover Image
By Thomas Peacock, Annette S. Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781681340982
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - April 1st, 2019

"Nooko's spirit is there in the stars," says Niigaanii to his younger brother, Bineshiinh, as they sprawl in a meadow, gazing skyward. "Uncle said when Nooko': s spirit left this world it went there." Nooko was their grandmother, and they miss her. But Uncle helps them find comfort in the night sky, where all the stars have stories.

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes Cover Image
By Wab Kinew, Joe Morse (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735262928
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Published: Tundra Books - September 11th, 2018

"We are a people who matter." Inspired by President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing, Go Show the World is a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea and former NASA astronaut John Herrington.

Knots on a Counting Rope Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805054798
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Published: Square Fish - September 15th, 1997

In Knots on a Counting Rope, Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault tell a poignant story about a boy’s emerging confidence in facing his blindness in this beautiful children’s picture book illustrated by Ted Rand.

Chia and the Fox Man: An Alaskan Dena'ina Fable Cover Image
By Barbara J. Atwater (Retold by), Ethan J. Atwater (Retold by), Mindy Dwyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781513262673
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Published: Alaska Northwest Books - March 3rd, 2020

A beautifully illustrated Alaska Native story of a young boy and his encounter with the fabled Fox Man, and how doing the right thing isn't always easy but important in the end.

First Laugh--Welcome, Baby! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580897945
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 14th, 2018

In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story?

Jingle Dancer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780688162412
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Published: Heartdrum - April 5th, 2000

The affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.

Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem—how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?

Coyote at the Big Time: A California Indian 123 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597144308
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Published: Heyday Books - December 1st, 2013

The follow-up to Heyday's best-selling A Is for Acorn takes young readers to a Native California Big Time, with Coyote as their guide. Counting from one clapperstick up to ten stars twinkling above the gathering, Coyote explores indigenous cultural traditions, including songs, dances, hand games, art--and, of course, delicious food.

The Cloud Artist: A Choctaw Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937054748
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Published: Roadrunner Press - September 26th, 2017

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580897723
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 4th, 2018

2019 Sibert Honor Book
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads
2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018

2018 JLG selection
2019 Reading the West Picture Book Award

Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152024499
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2001

Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can!

Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140502114
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Published: Puffin Books - February 24th, 1977

With vibrant colors and bold geometric forms, Gerald McDermott brilliantly captures the stylized look of Pueblo Indian art in this Caldecott Award-winning retelling of an ancient legend.

Jabutí the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152053741
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2005

Of all the animals in the rain forest, Jabutí was the favorite. His shell was smooth and shiny, and the songs he played on his flute were sweet.
But his music was a reminder, too, of the mischievous pranks Jabutí sometimes played. His song reminded Tapir of being tricked, Jaguar of being fooled, and time and again it reminded Vulture that he had no song at all.

Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152019587
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 19th, 1999

Wherever Coyote goes you can be sure he’ll find trouble. Now he wants to sing, dance, and fly like the crows, so he begs them to teach him how. The crows agree but soon tire of Coyote’s bragging and boasting. They decide to teach the great trickster a lesson. This time, Coyote has found real trouble!

Papagayo: The Mischief Maker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152594640
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 1992

The mischievous parrot Papagayo spends his days playing in the jungle and disturbing the sleeping night creatures with his raucous cries. But when the ferocious moon-dog begins to devour the moon, only Papagayo knows how to save it. The night creatures learn that he’s a good friend to have--even if he is a bit NOISY.

The Rough-Face Girl Cover Image
By Rafe Martin, David Shannon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780698116269
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Published: Puffin Books - April 13th, 1998

From Algonquin Indian folklore comes a powerful, haunting rendition of Cinderella. 

Borreguita and the Coyote Cover Image
By Verna Aardema, Petra Mathers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780679889366
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Published: Dragonfly Books - January 20th, 1998

What's a little lamb to do about a fierce coyote that wants to eat her? Why, trick him, of course...and and trick him again...and trick him one more time! Here's a lively retelling of a Mexican folk tale by master story teller Verna Aardema, illustrated in bold, winning colors by Petra Mathers.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale Cover Image
By Carmen Agra Deedy, Michael Austin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561457878
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2014

Martina the beautiful cockroach doesn't know coffee beans about love and marriage.

Once Upon a Time/Habia una vez: Traditional Latin American Tales/Cuentos tradicionales latinoamericanos (Bilingual Spanish-English Children's Book) Cover Image
By Rueben Martinez, Raul Colon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061468957
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Published: HarperCollins Espanol - March 9th, 2010

Enter an enchanted world of kings and giants, where cockroaches play dress-up and coyotes fly to the moon! In this lively bilingual collection of short stories, Spain and Latin America's most beloved tales are retold for a new generation.

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419721304
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 20th, 2016

El Chupacabras Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Crash McCreery (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399539299
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Published: Dial Books - March 27th, 2018

From the bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos comes a whimsical re-telling of the chupacabra folktale, written in a blend of English and Spanish

Taíno Tales: The Secret of the Hummingbird Cover Image
By Vicky Weber, Olha Melnyk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781734212952
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Published: Victoria Weber - March 15th, 2020

Alida lives in paradise, so what could go wrong? When she meets a boy from the opposing tribe, their friendship quickly blossoms into something more.

...What will happen if someone discovers their forbidden love?

Gifts from Raven Cover Image
ISBN: 9781989122198
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Published: Medicine Wheel Education - August 1st, 2019

In this book author Kung Jaadee shares with us that we have each received a special gift from Raven. That gift is our special talent or passion to share with the world.

The Fox Wife (English) Cover Image
By Beatrice Deer, DJ Herron (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781772272123
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Published: Inhabit Media - October 2nd, 2018

On a cloudless summer night, a fox falls to earth and comes across a family of humans. As the seasons change and they move their camp, she follows them, growing ever more intrigued by human ways—and especially by the oldest son, Irniq.

The Thundermaker Cover Image
By Alan Syliboy (Artist)
ISBN: 9781771086196
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Published: Nimbus Publishing (CN) - May 31st, 2018

The Thundermaker is based on Mi'kmaw artist Alan Syliboy's spectacular mixed-media exhibit of the same name. In the book, Big Thunder teaches his son, Little Thunder, about the important responsibility he has in making thunder for his people. Little Thunder learns about his Mi'kmaw identity through his father's teachings and his mother's traditional stories.