7 Must-Have Kids Books to Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day
As a mom of two small kids, books are always a go-to for teaching my children, and I particularly fall in love with those with vibrant colors and dynamic stories. We read not just books that reflect their own identity, but also invite into our home characters and people from many backgrounds and experiences.
October 10 is Indigenous Peoples Day and it’s a day to celebrate, honor, recognize, and uplift Indigenous communities. We aim to have a world where special days aren’t needed, where all of us center our parenting practices around a reflection of the world as it exists. Until we get there, my kids and I take the opportunity presented with each commemorative day to deepen our antiracist practices as a family. This means teaching our kids about Indigenous identity and heritage. It is a lesson in community, joy, dance, and so much more, while continuing to reckon with the impact of colonization that is still evident to this day.
So, for this Indigenous Peoples Day, I’m honored to have been guided by Gina Jackson from the Return to the Heart Foundation on a list of kids books about Indigenous people. This collection of books include stories of food, fun, clothes, and joy as well as those of power, resilience, strength and tenacity. May these stories fuel your kid’s bookshelf not just today but throughout the year.