Onto the business at hand
November is Native American Heritage Month or American Indian Heritage Month. Now of course, the goal of Reading in Color is to review books with Native Americans for YA all year round, but so far that hasn't been going too well. The only Native American book I've reviewed is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I must do better and I will! November is the perfect time to help get me started.
Some good resources can be found at author Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog, Cynsations (I adore this blog. It always contains a plethora of information about the publishing world, authors, upcoming books, reviews and giveaways) and a post on her website. Another good sight is Professor Debbie Reese's blog and Oyate. Finally this is a great resource for Native American Heritage Month.
However, my library has very few books about Native Americans for young adults, so I'm definitely going to need to swap some books.
This is my current line up. A * means I don't own it and neither does my library so if you have a copy of the book you would be willing to share, please email me.
1. Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith (I love this title, the author and all her books so I need to read this!)*
2. Code Talker: A novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac
3. Bone Dance by Martha Brooks*
4. I Am Apache by Tanya Landman (although it sounds like Native Americans want this book to be avoided so I'm going to review it and explain why it should be avoided).
5. The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp*
6. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech-not recommended (Oyate)
7. The Talking Earth by Jean Craighead George-not recommended
8. Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell
9. Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell
10. Sorceress by Celia Rees
11. Spirit Line by David & Aimee Thurlo*
12. Walker of Time by Helen Hughes Vick*
All these books sound so great and I really want to be able to read them all!
Also, if you're Native American please email me or leave me a comment telling me if you prefer to be refereed to as Indians, Native Americans or American Indians (and if you could explain why that would be so helpful). Thanks.
Happy Reading and I hope to see more books with Native Americans being reviewed this month as well as all the other months!