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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

Indigenous Authors and Illustrators



It’s Indigenous Peoples Month, or Native American Heritage Month if you prefer that term. I have two items that will help you add to your TBR.


First, we are lucky to have many awesome 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 http://www.americanindiansinchildrensliterature.net.


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 wouldn't work properly 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: https://www.westmarginpress.com/blog/alaskan-storytelling-culture/


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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