American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage

Colorín Colorado is pleased to offer a series of booklists for children and young adults focused on the heritage, history, and contemporary communities of American Indians and First Nations Peoples.

Many of these books are written by Native authors and will make engaging read-alouds; others will be invaluable additions to History and Social Studies lessons. We encourage educators and librarians to look for opportunities to include these stories throughout the year and across the curriculum.

Elementary School

Young Adults

For books for older readers, see our American Indian/Alaska Native booklists for young adults, covering a wide range of genres and time periods.



Inuki's Birthday Party: Bilingual Inuktitut and English Edition

Family celebrating a boy's birthday
Illustrated by: Ali Hinch
Age Level: 6-9
Language: Inuktitut

Inuki lives in Iglulik, Nunavut, and it is his fifth birthday. He can’t wait for his party at the community hall. There is cake to eat and presents to open, but celebrating with his family and friends is Inuki’s favourite gift of all! A trilingual edition of this book in Iniktutit, French, and English is also available.