November is Native American Heritage month. On the new Tween to Young Teen display at Bowman we have highlighted many books about and written by Native Americans, including several selections by the celebrated author, Joseph Bruchac.
Living in the Adirondack mountains of New York, in the land of his Abenaki ancestors, Bruchac, along with his two grown sons and his sister Margaret, work to preserve the culture and language of the Abenaki through the use of story telling and traditional music. His love of his native heritage has also made him a respected author of well received books about other Native American tribes and traditions.
Library readers of all ages can find many of Bruchac’s books through the Handley Regional Library system. You can find wonderful picture books, such as The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story and Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving. Additionally, older youth may enjoy chilling tales, such as Skeleton Man and The Return of Skeleton Man, which weave the life of a modern kid into the world of a Native American legend.
Teens through adults will love Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two. In this historic novel, Bruchac tells the story of how Navajo Marines played a critical role in the victory of World War II. You can find this and many more through the Handley website search for Joseph Bruchac, as well as books co-authored with his son James.
Learn more about Joseph Bruchac and his accomplishments at his official site, then stop by the library to pick up one or more of his books to read!