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Loriene Roy's Picks for American Indian Heritage Month

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior. It is 1850 and the lives of the Ojibwe have returned to a familiar rhythm: they build their birchbark houses in the summer, go to the ricing camps in the fall to harvest and feast, and move to their cozy cedar log cabins near the town of LaPointe before the first snows.

A Broken Flute: the Native Experience in Books for Children by Doris Seale. Seale and Slapin are with Oyate, a community-based Native organization located in Berkeley, California, dedicated to the honest portrayal of the lives, traditional arts and literature, and histories of Native Americans. Their unique guide brings attention to some of the gifted Native writers and illustrators published by Native and small presses during the past decade.

Do All Indians Live in Tipis?: 101 Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian by the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian debunk the most common myths and answer the most frequently asked questions about Native Americans past and present.

When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger with Susan Katz. Across double-page illustrations, two Lenape Indian families engage in similar activities-an informational juxtaposing of the activities of a family from years past (approx. 400 years ago) as they fish, garden, harvest and play alongside their contemporary counterparts.

Meet Mindy: A Native Girl from the Southwest by Susan Secakaku. Meet Mindy tells the story of a Hopi and Tewa girl from the Southwest.

Meet Lydia: A Native Girl From Southeast Alaska by Miranda Belarde-Lewis. The book celebrates Native American life while offering a rare glimpse into the modern culture of the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.

Walking the Choctaw Road: Stories from Red People Memory by Tim Tingle. A collection of twelve stories of the Choctaw people, including traditional lore arising from beliefs and myths, historical tales passed down through generations, and personal stories of contemporary life.

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