Strength. Resilience. Courage. Tenacity. Tenderness. Vulnerability. Growth. These are all qualities found in stories that focus on overcoming adversity, and these values are inherent to the characters who live in these books.
This book list will explore themes of middle grade characters overcoming internal and external adversity in a way that aligns with their cultural values. These books explore changing family dynamics, dealing with grief, and processing world events, from personal loss to tribal termination.
It’s important to show events that affect the global population as well as those that only affect the Indigenous populations. This encourages empathy in understanding how individuals and groups of people have handled historical events in the past and continue to persevere.