Whirlwind is a Spirit Dancingis an anthology of poems based on traditional Native American songs and stories from different tribes across North America, including the Lakota (Sioux). Collected by the renowned poet, historian, and folklorist Natalia Belting (1915-1998), the poems are rich in vivid imagery, showing how Native Americans creatively interpret the wonders of the natural world.
Anxious to be given a name as strong and brave as that of his father, a proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood, acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, which eventually earned him his proud new name: Sitting Bull. Being named Slow and growing up in the shadow of a great warrior hardly dwarfed the prospects of this young man. Bruchac's sensitively told history of Sitting Bull's coming-of-age reassures young boys that success comes through effort, not birth. --Booklist
Art the cat is the star character in this feline adventure. Learn the names of beautiful flowers along with an appreciation of a garden's enchantment. Children will discover the animals that Ellen Jean Diederich has woven into the flowerbeds. If you were a cat playing hide-and-seek, where is the first place you would go? In the back of the book is a photo guide to help readers identify flowers. Where’s Petunia? won the Ben Franklin Award.
When a soldier's work takes him halfway around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son. Night Catch is a timeless story that connects families while they are apart and offers comforting hope for their reunion. Also by Brenda Ehrmantraut: I Want One Too! Bubble Gum Press, 2003.
The mystical and the natural blend superbly in this first children's book by the accomplished literary novelist Louise Erdrich. The eccentric, well-traveled grandmother of two young kids decamps in mid-vacation, riding a porpoise to Greenland and leaving behind a trove of strange treasures and artifacts including a collection of bird's nests and three old eggs which hatch, marvelously, into passenger pigeons. Erdrich wields her Native American ancestry and her worldiness--Grandmother owns an original Klee--to give young readers a sense of the world's wonders and the wisdom of the elders, the old wisdom of the natural cycles that we are losing. A letter from Grandmother, promising to return, winds up this fetching tale. -- Amazon.com review
Other Children's Books by Louise Erdrich The Range Eternal. Hyperion Books for Children, 2002. The Birchbark House. Hyperion Books, 2002. The Game of Silence. HarperCollins, 2005. The Porcupine Year. HarperCollins, 2008. Chickadee. HarperCollins, 2012.
This beautifully illustrated biography of the Shoshone girl, Sacagawea, tells of her life from age eleven when she was kidnapped by the Hitdatsa. At age fifteen she married Charbonneau, a Canadian fur trapper, and accompanied him on the journey with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Her skills and knowledge of Native American languages were invaluable assets to the Corps of Discovery. During the expedition she was briefly reunited with her long lost family. The author includes speculation about Sacagawea’s later life about which very little is known. It is known that her son Pomp developed a special bond with Captain Clark and was eventually sent to live with him a few years after the end of the expedition. Also by Lise Erdrich:Bears Make Rock Soup. Children's Book Press, 2002.
Jones, Jennifer Berry * Heetunka’s Harvest. Roberts Rinehart Publishers, in conjunction with the Council for Indian Education, 1994.
This authentic Sioux Indian legend illustrates the disastrous consequences when greed destroys the balance between humans and nature. In the fall, when Heetunka the Bean Mouse gathers earth beans for her underground storehouse, the women from the tipi encampment come to trade suet or dried green corn for beans. One Dakota woman wants some beans to add to her stew. Disregarding the lessons of her grand-mothers, she takes every bean. offering nothing in exchange. That night, she dreams of a spirit scolding her for her selfishness; her greediness returns to haunt her when a fierce prairie fire destroys her tipi. This authentic Native American legend is handsomely illustrated with detailed. Evocative color paintings by the award-winning artist Shannon Keegan. Also by Jennifer Berry Jones: Who Lives in the Snow? Court Wayne Press, 2001.
Kurtz, Jane Far Away Home. Harcourt Brace, 2000.
Desta's grandmother is ill in faraway Ethiopia, and her father must return to his native land to help out. As he cuddles his daughter on his lap, he describes the place of his birth. The man's love for home is obvious, and the little girl worries that he may never return to her. Finally reassured that he will come back, she asks him so many questions about his childhood home that when he sings in his native tongue, she begins to see “—a pink cloud of flamingos rippling up from a dark blue lake--." Also by Jane Kurtz: River Friendly River Wild. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Drawing upon traditional Lakota art, S. D. Nelson's illustrations bring to life a memorable new legend about the Star People. Sister Girl and her brother Young Wolf wander away from their village and soon find themselves far out in the surrounding prairie. They sit down in the grass and watch the clouds passing above billow to form an eagle, horses, and other creatures. Suddenly, animals begin to race past the children, followed by a wall of fire! Fleeing along with the frightened beasts, Sister Girl and Young Wolf save themselves by tumbling into a shallow stream. The fire leaves behind ash and a barren, forbidding landscape. The children realize that they are hopelessly lost. Night is coming--how will they get home to their parents? And why are the evening stars dancing so?
Also by S. D. Nelson Coyote Christmas: A Lakota Story. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007. Gift Horse: A Lakota Story. Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
Salonen, Roxane * P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet Edition, Sleeping Bear Press, 2005.
Salonen's book takes readers to North Dakota, the home to such wide-eyed wonders as bison, mosasaurs and the Red River. Every letter in the alphabet is another chapter of a land rich in history, people and nature. Look to the skies for a bald eagle or to the horizon for a Wild Prairie Rose, the state flower. But no matter where children look in P Is for Peace Garden, they're sure to find beauty and state pride on every page. This homespun tour of the Roughrider State uses folksy rhymes and in-depth text to share North Dakota's heritage with everyone.
Other ND Children's Authors (Fiction)
Belzer, Babe Hopper. Keokee Books, 2013. Illustrations by Gail Lyster. The author is from Cando, ND.
Johnson, Emily Rhoads Spring and the Shadow Man. Dodd & Mead, 1984.
Jung, Loretta Welk Crystalene Returns. Two Rivers Printing, 2003. Kiliper, R. Smith The 365 Days of Christmas. Antler Press, 1987.
Lawlor, Laurie The Addie Series is set in Dakota Territory: Addie Across the Prairie . Albert Whitman, 1986. Addie's Dakota Winter. Albert Whitman, 1989. Addie's Forever Friend. Albert Whitman, 1997. Addie's Long Summer. Albert Whitman, 1992. George on His Own. Albert Whitman, 1993.
Lewis, Claudia Long Ago in Oregon. Harper & Row, 1987.
Massine, Barbara Ray-Ray’s Dream. Lovegifts, 2002.
McClintock, Barbara Mary and the Mouse, The Mouse and Mary. Schwartz & Wade, 2007. Adele & Simon in America. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Rolfsrud, Erling Nicolai Gopher Tails for Papa (1951; rep. 1984) White Angakok (1952) Brother to the Eagle (1952) Boy from Johnny Butte (1954) Story of the Red River Land (1967) The Tiger-Lily Years (1975) Cutbank Girl (1985)