Code Talkers: Books for All Ages
These books tell the stories of "Code Talkers", Native Americans who were recruited during multiple wars by the U.S. military to use their languages as a secret code. While many Americans never knew of their heroism and contributions to history, these books ensure that their legacy will be recognized by future generations.
Thanks to Debbie Reese at American Indians in Children's Literature for her recommendations!
To learn more about Code Talkers, take a look at the following:
- Children's Books on Navajo Code Talkers: American Indians in Children's Literature features a collection of book reviews with historical context
- Code Talkers Lesson Plan: National Museum of the American Indian
- True Whispers: Documentary on the Code Talkers that first aired on PBS in 2002 (first 15 minutes)
- Navajo Code Talker - Samuel Smith: PBS NewsHour
- History of Navajo Code Talkers: Genealogy Roadshow
- NPR Stories on Code Talkers (including remembrances of individual Code Talkers)