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 (the Cooperative Children's Book Centre's figures show that only 1.9% of books in 2017 contained significant Indigenous representation, while only 1% 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 an useful introduction to Aboriginal and Indigenous children's and young adult literature, as well as Aboriginal, Indigenous and Inuit children's authors, illustrators, and critics.
This guide, by Nambe Pueblo critic Dr. 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 [a male author]. My 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!"