Native American Heritage Month

Resources for your Classrooms

What is Native American Heritage Month?

Each November, Americans observe Native American Heritage Month as a way to honor the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native Americans - both past and present. The national recognition began in 1990 when President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclomations under various names have been made each year since 1994.

Below are a variety of books that represent various aspects of Native American culture. The asterick denotes books located in the Rashkis Library, but note we will be acquiring more of these books in the upcoming month. Please see Mrs. Leggette with any specific questions about the resources.

Also, please access this handout containing criteria to use when evaluating books to ensure they are authentic and accurate portrayals of Native Americans. In addition, visit Colorin Colorado for helpful tips for choosing culturally appropriate books on Native Americans. Furthermore, the American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) is an excellent resource providing critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.

Picture Books


Biographies & Nonfiction

Poetry & Folktales

Additional Resources

For more information and activities related to Native American Heritage Month, please visit the following websites:

Native American Heritage Month Government Site - Info for Teachers

Indian Country Today - Resources for Teachers

Colorin Colorado: Choosing Culturally Appropriate Resources

American Indians in Children's Literature - Best Books

Library of Congress: Native American Resources

Lastly, when teaching Thanksgiving, please consider reading Rethinking Thanksgiving: Myths and Misgivings and Are You Teaching the Real Story of the "First Thanksgiving?" with advice on how to accurately teach the historical roots of Thanksgiving. American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving is also an excellent resource for 4th-8th grade teachers about shifting the age-old perspective on Thanksgiving to a more accurate depiction.