As educators strive to create inclusive and diverse learning environments, incorporating literature written by Indigenous authors is an essential step towards achieving this goal. These books not only provide authentic voices and perspectives but also cultivate an appreciation for Indigenous cultures and histories. Here are 15 outstanding books by Indigenous authors that are perfect for the classroom:
- “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie
- “Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two” by Joseph Bruchac
- “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese
- “Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection” edited by Hope Nicholson
- “In Search of April Raintree” by Beatrice Culleton
- 6. “Fatty Legs: A True Story” by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
- “Burning in this Midnight Dream” by Louise Bernice Halfe
- “Surviving the City” by Tasha Spillett and Natasha Donovan
- “Kiss of the Fur Queen” by Tomson Highway
- “Birdie” by Tracey Lindberg
- “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline
- “Halfbreed” by Maria Campbell
- “Monkey Beach” by Eden Robinson
- “The Break” by Katherena Vermette
- “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich
These books cover a wide range of genres, themes, and age groups, allowing educators to select works that resonate with their students’ interests and curricular objectives. Whether exploring historical events, understanding contemporary Indigenous experiences, or simply fostering a love for reading, these books serve as powerful tools for promoting cultural understanding and empathy within the classroom.
As educators incorporate these books into their curriculum, it is important to create a safe and respectful learning environment. It is also beneficial to encourage open discussions, invite guest speakers from Indigenous communities, and provide supplementary learning materials to enhance students’ understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, and contemporary issues.
By integrating literature by Indigenous authors into the classroom, educators play a crucial role in promoting awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, and perspectives. These 15 books serve as a starting point for creating inclusive and diverse learning experiences that empower students to become engaged global citizens.