Yvonne Wakim Dennis

Native American Almanac: More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples


Native American Almanac: More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples
From ancient rock drawings to today’s urban living, the Native American Almanac: More than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples traces the rich heritage of indigenous people. It is a fascinating mix of biography, pre-contact and post-contact history, current events, Tribal Nations’ histories, enlightening insights on environmental and land issues, arts, treaties, languages, education, movements, and more. Ten regional chapters, including urban living, cover the narrative history, the communities, land, environment, important figures, and backgrounds of each area’s Tribal Nations and peoples. The stories of 345 Tribal Nations, biographies of 400 influential figures in all walks of life, Native American firsts, awards, and statistics are covered. 150 photographs and illustrations bring the text to life.

The most complete and affordable single-volume reference work about Native American culture available today, the Native American Almanac is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating, demystifying, and celebrating the moving, sometimes difficult, and often lost history of the indigenous people of America. Capturing the stories and voices of the American Indian of yesterday and today, it provides a range of information on Native American history, society, and culture. Perfect for middle school and young adult readers.

A Kid's Guide to Arab American History: More than 50 Activities
Winner of:2014 Arab American Book Award, Children/Young Adult Category Many Americans, educators included, mistakenly believe all Arabs share the same culture, language, and religion, and have only recently begun immigrating to the United States. A Kid's Guide to Arab American History dispels these and other stereotypes and provides a contemporary as well as historical look at the people and experiences that have shaped Arab American culture. Each chapter focuses on a different group of Arab Americans including those of Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, Iraqi, and Yemeni descent and features more than 50 fun activities that highlight their distinct arts, games, clothing, and food. Kids will love dancing the dabke, constructing a derbekke drum, playing a game of senet, making hummus, creating an arabesque design, and crafting an Egyptian-style cuff bracelet. Along the way they will learn to count in Kurdish, pick up a few Syrian words for family members, learn a Yemeni saying, and speak a little Iraqi. Short biographies of notable Arab Americans, including actor and philanthropist Danny Thomas, singer Paula Abdul, artist Helen Zughaib, and activist Ralph Nader, demonstrate a wide variety of careers and contributions.

A Kid's Guide to Native American History
Yvonne Wakim Dennis (Author), Arlene Hirschfelder (Author)

This award-winning hands-on interactive book is chocked full of activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Native American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have helped shape America, past and present. Nine geographical areas cover a variety of communities like the Mohawk in the Northeast, Ojibway in the Midwest, Shoshone in the Great Basin, Apache in the Southwest, Yupik in Alaska, and Native Hawaiians, among others. Lives of historical and contemporary notable individuals like Chief Joseph and Maria Tallchief are featured, and the book is packed with a variety of topics like first encounters with Europeans, Indian removal, Mohawk sky walkers, and Navajo code talkers. Readers travel Native America through activities that highlight the arts, games, food, clothing, and unique celebrations, language, and life ways of various nations. Kids can make Haudensaunee corn husk dolls, play Washoe stone jacks, design Inupiat sun goggles, or create a Hawaiian Ma’o-hauhele bag. A time line, glossary, and recommendations for Web sites, books, movies, and museums round out this multicultural guide.

Children of the U.S.A.
There is no typical American child. Children may share similar activities and pastimes, but they represent a variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Striking photographs showcase fifty-one cities - one from each state, as well as our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. The photos and facts feature common activities and interests, as well as varied foods, languages, entertainment, sports, and other examples of daily life throughout the country. Published in conjunction with The Global Fund for Children.

Children of Native America Today
Children of Native America Today includes some of the 500 Native groups from reservations to large cities. Bright color photographs highlight the richness and diversity of Native lands, cultures, and daily life.

Winner of the Notable Books for a Global Society Award and selected for the CCBC Choices 2004 list.

Native Americans Today
Students are introduced to Native Americans with a realistic understanding of Native culture and history. Through reproducible activities, biographies of real people, and accurate background information, this book shows students how Native Americans live today.

American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children: A Reader and Bibliography
Chocked full of essays, articles, recommended (and not recommended) materials, this book is vital for anyone concerned with accuracy and fairness about American Indian peoples.

Selected Works

Children's Non-Fiction
Winner of the 2014 Arab American Museum Children's Book of the Year, this book chronicles the diverse histories and contemporary lives of Arab Americans.
Children's Nonfiction
Winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medalist in Activity Books and the 2010 Independent Publishers Silver Award for Interactive Books. Hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Native American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have helped shape America, past and present.
Kennedy Center Multicultural Book Honoree, 2005; The Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices, 2004; International Reading Association Notable Book for a Global Society, 2003. This award-winning book highlights 26 contemporary Native groups.
Winner of the 2008 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal in Multicultural Non-Fiction and the Bank Street College "The Best Children’s Books of 2008." This children's non-fiction multicultural book highlights diversity in the United States.
Adult Nonfiction
A realistic and diverse guide to teaching about today’s Native Americans.
A manual for anyone interested in telling the truth about American Indians.