Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite (Canadian) Indigenous Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. Since Canada Day was last weekend, today we’ll list our favourite books by Indigenous and Canadian authors.


  1. The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson and Kelly Mellings.
  2. Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection Vol. 1, edited by Hope Nicholson.
  3. What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by George Littlechild.
  4. I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland.
  5. Fatty Legs: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes.
  6. Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave.
  7. Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L’alfabet di Michif / Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet by Julie Flett.


Here are just a handful of my favourite books by Canadian indigenous authors!

  1. My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
  2. Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave
  3. When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
  4. When I was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
  5. Dragonfly Kites by Thomson Highway, illustrated by Julie Flett


  1. Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola I. Campbell and Kim LaFave: This made it to all our lists for good reason.
  2. Wild Berries by Julie Flett: I love most everything Flett has done, but Wild Berries has got to be my favourite.
  3. The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp: Compelling and well-written. I need to re-read this soon.
  4. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese: I reviewed this beauty here. Wagamese was a treasure and I can’t recommend his writing enough.
  5. One Good Story, That One by Thomas King: Obviously, The Inconvenient Indian is amazing, but lately I’ve been thinking about King’s fiction, which is equally amazing.