WLT Book Buzz Episode #7: Indigenous Voices

August 26, 2022
by  WLT

In this seventh episode of WLT Book Buzz, Laura Hernandez & Bunmi Ishola cover 30 books by Indigenous writers, with a special shout-out to 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature winner Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee). Which book should you run to the store, right now, and buy? Which should you give at every baby shower? Which has the author’s grandmother’s recipe for frybread? It’s all in this new episode.

Books in Episode 7: Indigenous Voices Book List  


  1. We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade  

  1. Sweetest Kulu, by Celina Kalluk, illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis  

  1. We All Play: Kimêtawânaw, by Julie Flett  

  1. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, by Robbie Robertson, illustrated by David Shannon  

  1. Peacemaker, by Joseph Bruchac  

  1. The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich 

  1. I Am Not a Number, by Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland  

  1. Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua, by Gloria Amescua, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh 

  1. Turtle under Ice, by Julean del Rosario  

  1. Birdsong, by Julie Flett  

  1. Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal  

  1. Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith  

  1. Firekeeper’s Daughter, by Angeline Boulley  

  1. ​​What’s My Superpower?, by Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Tim Mack 

  1. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale 

  1. Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, by Gina Capaldi, illustrated by Q. L. Pearce  

  1. Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman, by Sharice Davids and Nancy K. Mays, illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley   

  1. She Persisted: Maria Tallchief, by Christine Day and Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Gillian Flint and Alexandra Boiger  

  1. She Persisted: Wilma Mankiller, by Traci Sorell and Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Gillian Flint and Alexandra Boiger  

  1. Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band, by Christian Staebler and Sonia Paoloni, illustrated by Thibault Balahy  

  1. Trickster: Native American Tales, a Graphic Collection, edited by Matt Dembicki 

  1. A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger  

  1. My Heart Fills with Happiness, by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett 

  1. When We Are Kind, by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt  

  1. We Sang You Home, by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett 

  1. The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera  

  1. Dreamtime: Aboriginal Stories, by Oodgeroo Nunukul, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft  

  1. Zonia’s Rain Forest, by Juana Martinez-Neal  

  1. Jingle Dancer, by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu  

  1. Hearts Unbroken, by Cynthia Leitich Smith