Books for Native American Heritage Month

By Coll Rowe | October 4 2023 | Native AmericanEnglish Language ArtsSocial Studies

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month this November, Penguin Random House Education is highlighting the stories of our authors and illustrators who represent the Indigenous Experience. Using #StoriesoftheLand, #NativeAmericanbooks, and #Indigenousreads, join us in putting a spotlight on the rich and diverse stories showcasing the important contributions and experiences of Native people.

Here is a selection of titles that we encourage you to share with your students this month and beyond:

Native American Creators – Secondary

Native American History & Culture

Never Whistle at Night
An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology
Many Indigenous people believe that one should never whistle at night. This belief takes many forms: for instance, Native Hawaiians believe it summons the Hukai’po, the spirits of ancient warriors, and Native Mexicans say it calls Lechuza, a witch that can transform into an owl. But what all these legends hold in common is the certainty that whistling at night can cause evil spirits to appear—and even follow you home.
$17.00 US
Sep 19, 2023
416 Pages

To Shape a Dragon's Breath
The First Book of Nampeshiweisit
A young, indigenous woman enters a colonizer-run dragon academy after bonding with a hatchling—and quickly finds herself at odds with the “approved” way of doing things—in the first book of a brilliant new fantasy series.
$18.00 US
May 09, 2023
528 Pages
Del Rey

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Native America from 1890 to the Present
"Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." - NPRA New York Times bestseller: The sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.
$20.00 US
Nov 05, 2019
528 Pages
Riverhead Books

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People
Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism.
$18.95 US
Jul 23, 2019
280 Pages
Beacon Press

The Things She's Seen
"Utterly captivating. Ghost story, murder mystery, haunting Aboriginal fable--The Things She's Seen checks every spooky box you could want." --Paste Magazine
$11.99 US
Feb 23, 2021
208 Pages

Notable Native People
50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present
An accessible and educational illustrated book profiling 50 notable American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, from NBA star Kyrie Irving of the Standing Rock Lakota to Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.
$18.99 US
Oct 19, 2021
144 Pages
Ten Speed Press