Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Children's books written by Native American authors or by non-Natives who have consulted with Native communities highlight the diversity of Native cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere. (All images courtesy of the publishers)

Happy holidays! Six favorite picture books from imagiNATIONS Story & Discovery

Every month, the Washington museum’s imagiNATIONS Activity Center staff highlights a different book during the Story & Discovery program. These books, written by Native American authors or in consultation with Native communities, showcase the diversity of Native cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere. Here are six of the staff's favorites, appropriate for children age 5 to 7. Learning about other people's experiences breaks down stereotypes, and thinking critically about the characters and illustrations in these books is a great way to help young readers develop empathy and cultural sensitivity skills.