AILA, the American Indian Library Association, has announced their award winners for their 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award. Check out the picture book and young adult titles on this page.
I also discovered this very useful rubric for discussing and evaluating the quality of books about Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. Check it out too! Katie
Check out this website for resources to share with your teachers and students as you honor American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage month in November.
If you are not familiar with Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature website I recommend bookmarking it and using it as a resource when you're doing collection development. This post about the discovery by a 5th grade student reading the "Suppressed Speech of Wamsutta (Frank B. ) James", Wampanoag, of how written history is not always accurate is a very moving article. I recommend you read it and share it with your staff. Check out the other resources Debbie Reese recommends in the article. I've just placed the DVD series "We Shall Remain" on an order for the LMS collection. Katie
A very cool poster and a number of good links related to Native American Heritage Month from the Department of Defense. Check it out! Native American Indian Heritage Month Jim
A new local resource you'll want to share with teachers of Alaska studies is the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation webpage. The information about the "inductees" is fascinating even if there are a few typographical errors. Check it out! Katie
If you serve K-8 students and don't have a link to this wonderful site created by the Sea Grant program (and partners) for your teachers I'd recommend you add one to your webpage(s) and advertise it widely. There are lesson plans as well as science notebooks and tips for taking field trips. Also links to a few great videos as well as a short story read aloud in Tlingit!
We are looking into adding the site to the WebPath Express results in Destiny as well. Katie
Here is a website to share with your staff called Inupiat Heritage and Traditional Hunting. Not only does it have an extensive collection of wonderful photographs with some narration on the whale hunting process but also additional images of traditional activities like games and dancing as well as a page on a workshop about teen pregnancy. I think it could be used by elementary, middle and high school classes.
(this image courtesy of noaa.org) Katie