Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Native North Americans in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Native North Americans in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12

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Native North Americans in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12. By Alice Crosetto and Rajinder Garcha. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. 267 p. Paper $40 (ISBN: 0-8108-9189-0).

In Native North Americans in Literature for Youth, the authors have selected appropriate Native American materials, focusing on book award winners and established authors, with an emphasis on books published from 1995 to the present. When this book first arrived on my desk, it prompted an immediate search for the materials pertaining to the major tribal nations in Oklahoma, where I work as a selector for a public library system. Well-written and accurate material about Native Americans is important for every public and school library in my state, and Alice Crosetto and Rajinder Garcha have done a thorough job in selecting objective and accurate literature on the topic.

The authors identify hundreds of appropriate and culturally consistent resources, including books, Internet sites, and media titles, to aid in curriculum development for K-12 students and educators. Entries are subdivided into twelve chapters covering geographic regions, history, religion, social life, customs and traditions, nations, oral tradition, biographies, and fiction. Ever sensitive to native cultures, the authors have divided the religion chapter into two subheadings: spirituality and creation stories. Additional chapters are devoted to general reference resources, curricular resources for educators, media, and Internet sites. …

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