Containing seven titles written by Indigenous authors, this booklist centers around the topic of “learning from ancestors.” There are various genres in this booklist, including contemporary, paranormal, and graphic novels. These titles focus on young Indigenous characters who are guided by their ancestors as they discover their culture, history, and individual identity. Additionally, the memoir and non-fiction titles in this list offer various perspectives from modern-day ancestors who have first-hand accounts of life as an Indigenous person in the late 1900s.
Educators will find that these titles are great additions to their libraries and classrooms because they represent ancestors who have knowledge of the culture and history of Indigenous people. While the titles celebrate Indigenous culture, devastating historical and current events will also be addressed, such as racism, residential schools, and the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.