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Indigenous Children's Literature

Indigenous Children's Literature

Over the last decade there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Indigenous writers, illustrators, and publishers in the children's book world. While the numbers of books published about and by Indigenous people are still low (the Cooperative Children's Book Centre's figures show that only 2% of books in 2022 contained significant Indigenous representation, while only 2% of titles were written by Indigenous authors) this research guides aims to highlight the great work currently being done in both children's and young adult publishing. We hope it will offer a useful introduction to Indigenous children's and young adult literature, as well as Indigenous children's authors, illustrators, and critics.

Selected New Works

Phoenix Gets Greater
written by Marty Wilson

illustrated by Megan Kyak-Monteith

I Sang You Down from the Stars
written by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
illustrated by Michaela Goade

The Secret Pocket
written by Peggy Janicki
illustrated by Carrielynn Victor

Walking Together
written by Elder Dr. Albert D. Marshall and Louise Zimanyi
illustrated by Emily Kewageshig

The Barren Grounds
written by David A. Robertson

Giju's Gift
written by Brandon Mitchell
illustrated by Veronika Barinova and Britt Wilson

Weird Rules to Follow
written by Kim Spencer

A Blanket of Butterflies
written by Richard Van Camp 
illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk and Nickolej Villiger 

Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults
written by Robin Wall Kimmerer and Monique Gray Smith
illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt 

Sky Wolf's Call: the Gift of Indigenous Knowledge
written by Eldon Yellowhorn & Kathy Lowinger

Features Organizations and Initiatives

Indigenous Children's Literature Bibliographies