In honour of National Indigenous History Month, we’ve rounded up 10 incredible Indigenous children’s books about Indigenous culture, by Indigenous authors or acknowledging the Indigenous experience in Canada. With the recent discoveries of unmarked graces at residential school sites across the country, adding these books (and so many others!) to your child’s library can help to start the conversation about this part of our country’s history, as well as to introduce and celebrate the bright and vibrant cultures of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade
What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Tim Mack
Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
Nokum Is My Teacher by David Bouchard, illustrated by Allen Sapp
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
May We Have Enough to Share by Richard Van Camp
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
Fishing with Grandma by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula, illustrated by Charlene Chua
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, written by and illustrated by Danielle Daniel
To learn more about how you can get involved and give back to Indigenous communities, check out Reconciliation Canada, True North Aid and other registered organizations who are focused on providing different kinds of support to Indigenous groups across the country.