These educators’ brochures highlight fiction and nonfiction titles that touch on topics forgotten, ignored, or deliberately suppressed—drawing attention to gaps and silences in dominant cultural reading. Integrate these titles into your social studies or English curricula for anti-bias reading.
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The Water Lady By Alice B. McGinty; illustrated by Shonto Begay
This inspiring picture book tells the true story of a woman who brings desperately needed water to families on the Navajo reservation every day.
Underneath the New Mexico sky, a Navajo boy named Cody finds that his family's barrels of water are empty. He checks the chicken coop-- nothing. He walks down the road to the horses' watering hole. Dry. Meanwhile, a few miles away, Darlene Arviso drives a school bus and picks up students for school. After dropping them off, she heads to another job: she drives her big yellow tanker truck to the water tower, fills it with three thousand gallons of water, and returns to the reservation, bringing water to Cody's family, and many, many others. Here is the incredible and inspiring true story of a Native American woman who continuously gives back to her community and celebrates her people.
Killers of the Flower Moon: Adapted for Young Readers By David Grann
The New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist about one of history's most ruthless and shocking crimes--the Reign of Terror against the Osage people--has now been adapted for young readers.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, thanks to the oil that was discovered beneath their land. Then, one by one, the Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances, and anyone who tried to investigate met the same end.
As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, in what became one of the organization's first major homicide investigations. An undercover team, including one of the only Native American agents in the bureau, infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest modern techniques of detection to bring an end to the deadly crime spree. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
In this youngification of the adult bestseller, David Grann revisits the gripping investigation into the shocking crimes against the Osage people. It is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward Native Americans that allowed the murderers to continue for so long and provides essential information for young readers about a shameful period in our history.