We Rise

Welcome! Indigenous Reads Rising is a celebration of Indigenous children’s literature of Native Nations, centering those within the United States and Canada.

About Indigenous Reads Rising

We created Indigenous Reads Rising to fill a need—to provide a resource where teachers, librarians, and readers can embrace the diversity of Indigenous children’s and teen literature. This site includes articles about best practices, book lists arranged by age category and topic, and additional resources for educators, librarians, booksellers, families, and writers alike. Indigenous Reads Rising is managed by the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books.

About We Need Diverse Books

Founded by marginalized creators, We Need Diverse Books is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that strives to diversify the publishing industry and to make our bookshelves more equitable—all to promote literacy, build empathy, and reduce bias. WNDB’s programming supports diverse writers and illustrators, provides resources to educators and publishing professionals, and donates thousands of books to schools and libraries nationwide.

Recent Book Lists

Seeking a book for your classroom, library, or personal bookshelf? Check out our lists of new and upcoming releases by Native writers and illustrators.

Young Adult

Chapter Books / Middle Grade

Picture Books

Book Highlights

Featured Resources

Our resources help educators introduce more Native books into their classrooms and libraries and offer information on how to share these stories with care and respect.

History of Native Books for Young Readers

Learn about the historical landscape of Native children’s literature in the United States and Canada.

Best Practices

Developed by Native teachers and librarians, our Best Practices offer information on how to integrate Native books into your curricula and collections, and how to utilize these titles with respect and sensitivity.

Other Resources

Want to keep reading? We’ve collected additional information about land acknowledgements, tribal resources by state, and more.


You can support Indigenous Reads Rising by making a donation to We Need Diverse Books, the nonprofit that runs this site. Your gift will help us provide more book lists and resources to educators and readers nationwide. Thank you for your generosity!