Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. To celebrate and honour this day, I am spotlighting some amazing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors.
According to a study done by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (in 2018), statistics showed that only 1% of the books published in the US depicted Indigenous Peoples… ONE percent (let that sink in!). Books with animals or white characters made up a combined total of 77% of the books published. I am not sure what the Canadian statistics on this are, but either way, these are shocking numbers.
On that note, I think it’s important to have stories that represent First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people on our bookshelves. So, today I am spotlighting some of these books and the very talented writers behind them.
I hope this list helps you curate a diverse collection of books in your home or classroom library!