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date: 09 April 2020

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There has been a recent explosion in Indigenous children’s and youth literature in terms of number, authorship, scope/themes, and format. Native peoples have written books in their Indigenous languages featuring Native Americans in contemporary settings, in formats such as board books and graphic novels that cater to the needs of the individual reader. The hard-earned new status of Native American literature for children is evident in their nomination and recognition in numerous literary awards. This chapter focuses on literature for children and youth with Native themes by such authors as Joseph Bruchac, Luci Tapahonso, Sherman Alexie, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, and Louise Erdrich. It also offers guidance in selecting and using children’s and youth literature on Native subjects.

Keywords: children’s and youth literature, authorship, format, Native Americans, Native American literature, graphic novels, literary awards, Joseph Bruchac, Luci Tapahonso, Louise Erdrich

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