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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

Alaska Native Authors

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Month Continued!

It’s Indigenous Peoples Month, and I only touched on authors last week. So here’s a roundup with more authors for you to check out!

First, we are lucky to have many children’s and YA books by Indigenous authors and illustrators. If you want a great overview, I recommend Dr. Debbie Reese and Dr. Jean Mendoza’s website American Indians in Children’s Literature for reviews and extensive information about this topic. See the site at

Second, since I live in Alaska, I’m going to share my go-to list of Alaska Native authors and illustrators. This is not a complete list of all the excellent ones out there, but it will give you a taste of the width and breath of the talent we have up here. Feel free to comment to add to my list! (Note: My formatting got weird and I was not able to add the diacritics for some names—I apologize for that.)

Children’s Books:

Picture book authors Barbara and Ethan Atwater:

Illustrator Michaela Goade:

Board book and picture book author Angela Gonzalez:

Co-author (for Elizabeth Peratrovich, Fighter in Velvet Gloves) and artist Roy Peratrovich, Jr.:

Adult books:

(Many of these authors write in more than one genre.)

Nora Marks Dauenhauer:

Joan Naviyuk Kane:

Ishmael Angaluuk Hope:

Ernestine Hayes:

William L. Iggiagruk (Willie) Hensley:

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff:

Velma Wallis:

C. G. Williams:

Mercy Zephyr:

Try a few or all of them—I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for you in this Indigenous Peoples Month.

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