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November is Native American Heritage Month!

In honor of Native American Heritage Month,

check out The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac.

Bruchac artfully weaves this Cherokee story of how there came to be strawberries in the world. The first woman and the first man cared for one another for many years, but one day harsh words sent the woman walking into the West. The husband is repentant but cannot reach his quick-footed wife. The Sun helps him by sending down rays of light to grow raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and finally strawberries at the woman’s feet. This story is as sweet as red, ripe strawberries, and just like friendship should be shared!

  • November is American Indian Heritage Month. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to books that feature Native American characters. Make sure to include work by American Indian authors and illustrators. It is powerful to be able to say for example, Cynthia Leitich Smith is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. This demonstrates that the Creek Nation still exists!
  • More Native American / First Nation titles to explore:
    • When We Were Alone – By: David Alexander Robertson
    • Thunder Boy Jr. – By: Sherman Alexie
    • Jingle Dancer – By: Cynthia Leitich Smith
    • The People Shall Continue – By: Simon J. Ortiz

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