It is, overall, a disappointing list and it makes me grumpy on this Monday morning....I'm glad to see Native authors on the list, but duplicates of some really problematic books like Touching Spirit Bear?! And it is pretty easy to see that Amazon's customers want works of historical fiction or "myths, legends and folktales."
1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
2) Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell
3) One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims, by B. G. Hennessy
4) Island of the Blue Dolphins (Kindle), by Scott O'Dell
5) Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, by Joseph Bruchac
6) Touching Spirit Bear, by Ben Mikaelsen
7) North American Indians, by Douglas Gorsline
8) Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times
9) Encounter, by Jane Yolen
10) Sing Down the Moon, by Scott O'Dell
(Excerpted from Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature, 11/8/10.)
Comment: As Reese notes, there are only four recognizably Native authors on the list:
Joseph Bruchac (10 books)
Louise Erdrich (3 books)
Sherman Alexie (2 books)
Michael Dorris (1 book)
Having 16 of the 100 books written by Native authors isn't a bad number. You'd expect most American books about any subject to be written by white Anglo-Saxon Protestants.
But the list has other problems:
For more on the subject, see Indians in Top 100 Children's Novels, Children's Books Are Mostly White, and Children's Book for Heritage Month. For more on the subject in general, see The Best Indian Books.