Collection Development: Children's and Young Adult Books about Native Americans

Are you worried that your collection of books by/about Native peoples is in need of a 21st century update so that it accurately reflects Native peoples of the past and present? Are you concerned that your collection has too many biased depictions of them? In this webinar, Dr. Debbie Reese will offer tips and ideas to think about as you select and weed your collections.

Learning Outcomes

  • Attendees will gain an understanding of Native sovereignty and nationhood and how that distinguishes Native peoples from other underrepresented groups in the US.
  • Attendees will learn about the significance of Native stories and how Native Nations view their stories.
  • Attendees will be introduced to Native writers who write for children and young adults.
  • Attendees will learn to see bias and error in classic and popular books for children and young adults.

Who Should Attend

Public and school librarians who work in the children's and/or young adult section of the library.


Debbie Reese is tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo, in New Mexico. A former schoolteacher and professor in American Indian Studies, she holds a PhD in Education from the University of Illinois, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. Her articles and book chapters are used in Education, Library Science, and English courses in the US and Canada. She does workshops with tribal and public libraries and is invited to deliver lectures at librarian conferences. She has taught in UIUC's LEEP program, and frequently gives lectures via Skype. 



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Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Kristen Figliulo
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026