Books for Native American Heritage Month

By Coll Rowe | October 5 2023 | LiteratureNative AmericanHistory

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month this November, Penguin Random House Education is highlighting the stories of our authors who represent the Indigenous Experience. Using #StoriesoftheLand, #NativeAmericanbooks, and #Indigenousreads, join us in putting a spotlight on the rich and diverse stories showcasing the important contributions and experiences of Native people.

Here is a selection of titles that we encourage you to share with your students this month and beyond:

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
9780307742483
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 
$17.00 US
Apr 03, 2018
Paperback
416 Pages
Vintage

Native America from 1890 to the Present
9780399573194
"Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." - NPRA New York Times bestseller: The sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.
$20.00 US
Nov 05, 2019
Paperback
528 Pages
Riverhead Books

Changing the Way We See Native America
9781984859525
A photographic and narrative celebration of contemporary Native American life and cultures, alongside an in-depth examination of issues that Native people face, by celebrated photographer and storyteller Matika Wilbur of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes.
$50.00 US
Apr 25, 2023
Hardcover
416 Pages
Ten Speed Press

9780807006993
The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country that also reframes our understanding of who was Indigenous in early America
$18.95 US
Nov 15, 2022
Paperback
272 Pages
Beacon Press

9780525436140
National Bestseller
$17.00 US
May 07, 2019
Paperback
304 Pages
Vintage


A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation
9780525534686
Now in paperback, the moving story of a Navajo high school basketball team, its members struggling with the everyday challenges of high school, adolescence, and family, but also the greater, unique obstacles facing Native Americans living on reservations.
$18.00 US
Jun 29, 2021
Paperback
272 Pages
Blue Rider Press

A Lyric Essay
9781662601637
A Michelle Obama Reach Higher Fall 2022 reading list pickA Library Journal "BEST BOOK OF 2022""Aguon’s book is for everyone, but he challenges history by placing indigenous consciousness at the center of his project . . . the most tender polemic I’ve ever read." —Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic "It's clear [Aguon] poured his whole heart into this slim book . . . [his] sense of hope, fierce determination, and love for his people and culture permeates every page."—Laura Sackton, BookRiot
$23.00 US
Sep 13, 2022
Hardcover
128 Pages
Astra House

A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land
9781984821201
A powerful, poetic memoir about what it means to exist as an Indigenous woman in America, told in snapshots of the author’s encounters with gun violence.
$18.00 US
Sep 21, 2021
Paperback
304 Pages
Ballantine Books

How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe
9781524749262
A landmark work of narrative history that shatters our previous Eurocentric understanding of the Age of Discovery by telling the story of the Indigenous Americans who journeyed across the Atlantic to Europe after 1492
$32.50 US
Jan 24, 2023
Hardcover
320 Pages
Knopf

A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power
9780593329603
A landmark work of Black and Native American history that reconfigures our understanding of identity, race, and belonging and the inspiring ways marginalized people have pushed to redefine their world.
$18.00 US
Jun 06, 2023
Paperback
272 Pages
Riverhead Books

Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America
9780807003466
A sweeping history of Indigenous traditions of gender, sexuality, and resistance that reveals how, despite centuries of colonialism, Two-Spirit people are reclaiming their place in Native nations.
$29.95 US
Apr 26, 2022
Hardcover
368 Pages
Beacon Press

A Memoir, an Archive
9781984820419
A daughter returns home to the Navajo reservation to retrace her mother’s life in a memoir that is both a narrative and an archive of one family’s troubled history.
$17.00 US
Apr 12, 2022
Paperback
272 Pages
One World

A Novel
9780385548694
In this gripping, horror-laced debut, a young Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community and the land they call home.
$27.00 US
Jan 10, 2023
Hardcover
272 Pages
Doubleday

Native America from 1890 to the Present
9780399573194
"Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." - NPRA New York Times bestseller: The sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.
$20.00 US
Nov 05, 2019
Paperback
528 Pages
Riverhead Books

Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science
9781623176051
A 2022 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science & TechnologyAn Indigenous environmental scientist breaks down why western conservationism isn't working--and offers Indigenous models informed by case studies, personal stories, and family histories that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors.
$17.95 US
Jan 18, 2022
Paperback
256 Pages
North Atlantic Books

A Novel
9780525511335
A “dazzling, cinematic, intimate, lyrical” (Roxane Gay) epic of betrayal, love, and fate that spans five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West, from the author of the National Book Award finalist Sabrina & Corina
$18.00 US
Apr 18, 2023
Paperback
352 Pages
One World

A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land
9781646220533
In this New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, the son of working-class Mexican immigrants flees a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in a Native American marathon from Canada to Guatemala in this “stunning memoir that moves to the rhythm of feet, labor, and the many landscapes of the Americas” (Catriona Menzies-Pike, author of The Long Run).
$16.95 US
Mar 02, 2021
Paperback
240 Pages
Catapult

9781612198668
A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America from an award-winning Haudenosaunee writer
$19.99 US
Aug 04, 2020
Paperback
256 Pages
Melville House

A Memoir
9781640091603
A powerful, poetic memoir of an Indigenous woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest—this New York Times bestseller and Emma Watson Book Club pick is “an illuminating account of grief, abuse and the complex nature of the Native experience . . . at once raw and achingly beautiful (NPR).
$16.95 US
Apr 09, 2019
Paperback
160 Pages
Counterpoint