Kidlit These Days

Hosted ByJenn Northington & Matthew Winner

Kidlit These Days is your kidlit connoisseurs pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today.

E13: An Indigenous Peoples’ History

Karina and Matthew talk about looking honestly at history, tribal land acknowledgements, and engaging young people in the history going on today. Joining are special guests Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, authors of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, adapted from the book by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

This episode is sponsored All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey (and published by Macmillan Children’s), Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max (and published by Candlewick Press), and our Book Riot Mystery/Thriller Giveaway.

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American Indians in Children’s Literature (blog)

Debbie Reese responds to Commissioner Corcoran’s Back to School Reading List with the Florida Department of Education (Twitter)

Native Stories: Books for tweens and teens by and about Indigenous peoples (School Library Journal)

The 1619 Project (New York Times)

‘I regret it’: Hayden King on writing Ryerson University’s territorial acknowledgement (CBC)

Music by Joy Harjo

Florida Department of Education, We Have a Situation (Indigo’s Bookshelf: Voices of Native Youth)

Children of the Glades (@ofglades)


An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People byRoxanne Dunbar-Ortiz,Jean Mendoza,Debbie Reese

Picture Books:

Jingle Dancer byCynthia L. Smith, illustrated byCornelius Van Wright

Fall in Line, Holden!byDaniel W. Vandever

Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle, illustrated by Karen Clarkson

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessac

The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo, illustrated by Paul Lee

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder

The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson, translated by Shirley Williams and Isadore Toulouse

Middle Grade:

The Sockeye Mother by Brett D. Huson, illustrated by Natasha Donovan

The Grizzly Mother by Brett D. Huson, illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Let us know what books or topics you’ve been sharing this week, or if you have a suggestion or book recommendation for an upcoming episode. Find us on email (, Twitter (@KarinaYanGlaser and @MatthewWinner), or Instagram (@KarinaIsReadingAndWriting and @MatthewCWinner).

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