Over the last decade there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Aboriginal, Indigenous and Inuit writers, illustrators, and publishers in the children's book world. While the numbers of books published about and by Indigenous people are still low (1.9% and 1% respectively in 2017) this research guides aims to highlight the great work being done in this field, introducing the world of Aboriginal and Indigenous children's and young adult literature, and Aboriginal, Indigenous and Inuit children's authors and illustrators.
[image credit: "In their own words" by Julie Flett]
This guide, by Nambe Pueblo critic Debbie Reese, was created as part of March 2018's #KidLitWomen campaign as a way to uphold and amplify the voices of Indigenous women writers in children's publishing. The guide includes the book title and author's name and nation, followed by the publisher and year the book was published.
In Reese's own words: "If we were sitting in a classroom or a lecture hall, I'd ask you to name a picture book about a Native woman or girl. Chances are most of you would name a book by
Paul Goble or Scott O'Dell. I drew a line through their names to tell you... NO! Not books by those guys! [...] IMy solution-oriented challenge for you, for the #KidLitWomen campaign is this: Next time you're at the bookstore, reach for books written by Indigenous women!."