Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators

Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators

Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators, put together by the New York Public Library: November is Native American Heritage month. It’s a time to share and remember the history of the Native people who were the first people of this land and continue to be an essential and indelible part of the landscape. This land we walk on is Native land. This booklist is not a Thanksgiving booklist. These titles highlight Native voices and stories that will evoke curiosity in young readers to explore and develop a better knowledge and understanding of Native peoples and communities.  Organized by elementary, middle, and high school. 

Children’s Books Ireland. Zana Fraillon, The Bone Sparrow.

Children’s Books Ireland. Zana Fraillon, The Bone Sparrow.

Fraillon is a children’s author from Australia, moved to highlight the present day humanitarian crisis of asylum seekers and the routine internment of refugees. While her novel is fictional, it is founded in fact and focuses on the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The Bone Sparrow, like many books based on real events, is an exercise in empathy. Its charm depends on the reader’s engagement with the main protagonist. Subhi is an asylum seeker born in a refugee camp in present-day Australia whose fertile imagination powers a rich interior life. The fact that Subhi has known no other world outside of his ‘captivity’ allows the author to imbue him with wonder and innocence. Without bitterness he observes the cruelty and sadness of his situation, always holding on for ‘one day’ when it will all be better.

Franco-American Life & Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire: Vivre la Différence

Franco-American Life & Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire: Vivre la Différence

Robert B. Perreault, Franco-American Life & Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire: Vivre la Différence, History Press, 2010. “A strong sense of unity and tradition frames a fascinating history of Manchester, New Hampshire’s Franco-American community. Author Robert B. Perreault presents this story through compelling vignettes, including the triumphant success of photographer Ulric Bourgeois, the undeniable conflict between the French and Irish immigrants, and a colorful profile of book collector and author Adelard Lambert.” 

Finnigans, Slaters and Stonepeggers: A History of Irish in Vermont

Finnigans, Slaters and Stonepeggers: A History of Irish in Vermont

Vincent E. Feeney, Finnigans, Slaters and Stonepeggers: A History of Irish in Vermont, Images from the Past, 2009. “The first book that peels back the Yankee mythos and examines the surprisingly rich, true story of the Irish in Vermont, from the first steady trickle of colonial pioneers to the flood of famine refugees and onward… How the Irish arrived, survived, fought, labored, organized, worshipped, played, and managed to prosper.”

Ethnicity in Lowell

Ethnicity in Lowell

This Ethnography Project, sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park, examines the history of immigration and ethnicity in Lowell.