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Indigenous Children's Literature

Introduction

While there has been significant growth in the availability of Indigenous literature for children and young adults over the last ten years, it can still be challenging to find authentic, high-quality, and non-appropriative texts in bookstores and libraries. This page offers a variety of tools for evaluating Indigenous children's materials.

Evaluating Children's Materials

UBC Catalogue

To find materials that evaluate children's literature, try topic keywords such as "History and criticism" or "Book reviews".

Examples:

  • "Aboriginal" AND “Children’s literature”
  • “Children’s books” AND “Book reviews”
  • "Juvenile literature" AND "Evaluations"
  • "Children's fiction" AND "History and criticism"

Book Reviews

Find Indigenous children's literature book reviews in the article indexes by searching "book reviews".  To find book review indexes try looking through the subject heading Children's literature--Book reviews on the UBC Library Catalogue to find reviews, periodicals, and more.

Reviews for specific books can be found by entering book titles into the Summon search engine (also referred to as the general search) and filter by Content Type: Book Review.

Featured UBC Library Resources

Selected Resources

Engaging Youth With Indigenous Materials in Libraries and Classrooms

Engaging Youth With Indigenous Materials in Libraries and Classrooms
School Library Day panel: November 6th, 2012. 
 

"Assessing and incorporating teaching and learning resources by and about First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples is critical for librarians, educators and parents. Awareness of diverse epistemologies, notions of cultural authenticity and historical accuracy, and the influence of colonialism, are essential when considering books, films and interactive media for library and classroom collections. This panel will address challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous librarians, educators and parents when drawing upon materials representing Indigenous peoples and cultures. They will offer insights about such issues as cultural appropriation, stereotypes, addressing colonialism and what to do with dated resources"
 

Convener: Jo-Anne Naslund, UBC Education Library
Moderator: Lisa P. Nathan, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
Panelists: Debra Martel, Associate Director, First Nations House of Learning, Jan Hare, Associate Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, Allison Taylor-McBryde, Adjunct Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies