Book from the Nook 2023

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RJ Locklear Reading The Red Bird and Crazy Bear

The Red Bird:

Having lost his parents at an early age, the young bird Jerry finds himself the odd man out at a small pond. Looking for purpose and at his lowest, he meets a red bird who reveals that there's more to him than he even knew. Only by looking up and finding this Red Bird does Jerry find out what it is that God made him for!

Crazy Bear:

"Is he crazy? This young bear finds himself following a call none of his friends can hear. This short story is about the journey of faith, the necessity of trust, and how easy it can be to give up on the call of God. Follow these friends on their journey to uncover the mystery of this, 'knock, knock, knocking!'

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Alica Thomas Reading Crossing Bok Chitto

Martha Tom, a Choctaw girl, disobeys her mother, in a search for blackberries, by crossing the Bok Chitto River over to the side where there are plantations. There, she meets a slave boy, Little Mo, and forms a friendship with him. When Little Mo finds out that his mother is being sold to another plantation, he convinces his family to escape across the Bok Chitto because any slave who crosses that river becomes free by law. Brave Martha Tom and her people devise their own plan to help Little Mo and his family across Bok Chitto.

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Dana Lowery Reading Herstory

Lumbee Herstory is an alphabetical listing of important people, events, and items that are important to the history of Lumbee, North Carolina. Each letter listed has an important addition defined and described as it relates to Lumbee.

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Shana Bushyhead Condill Reading The First Strawberries

Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife's retreat.

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Karen Lynch Harley Reading Washakie The Little Indian Boy

A small Indian boy learns valuable lessons from his grandmother through storytelling while he plays on her front porch.

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Dr. Leslie Locklear Reading It's Lumbee Homecoming Y'all!

Join Nakoma, an 8 year-old Lumbee boy, as he takes us on the journey of his favorite tradition, Lumbee Homecoming. The book follows Nakoma as he takes part in a weekend of food and fun with his Grandma Etta Ann and Uncle Jerry. Nakoma’s story illustrates the popular tradition of Lumbee Homecoming that takes place in Pembroke, North Carolina, home of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Through the eyes of our youth we see the value of grandma’s, golf carts, and grape ice cream!

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Ariel Locklear Reading For a Girl Becoming

Transformative moments in the cycle of life are a time for acknowledgment, a chance to guide a child’s path in a positive and loving direction.

Swirling images laden with both myth and personal meaning illustrate this unique, poetic tale of the joys and lessons of a girl’s journey through birth, youth, and finally adulthood. Within these colorful pages, family and community come together in celebration of her arrival, offering praise, love, and advice to help carry her forward through the many milestones to come, and reminding her always of how deeply she is cherished. It is a reminder, too, of our abiding connections to the natural world, and the cyclical nature of life as a whole.

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Mahlea hunt reading Powwow Day by Traci Sorrel

In this uplifting, contemporary Native American story, River is recovering from illness and can't dance at the powwow this year. Will she ever dance again?

River wants so badly to dance at powwow day as she does every year. In this uplifting and contemporary picture book perfect for beginning readers, follow River's journey from feeling isolated after an illness to learning the healing power of community.

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Delora Cummings reading Chicora and the Little People: The legend of the Indian Corn, a Lumbee Tale

Chicora and the Little People "Listen!" Chicora pleaded. "Last night, I opened my eyes and saw tiny hands reaching through the lodge flap. I screamed, 'Leave me alone!' and the little hands disappeared." The legend of Chicora and the Little People: The Legend of the Indian Corn, begins long ago in the time known as the Moon of the Turning Leaves. Chicora, a young Lumbee girl, is awakened from her sleep by gruff giggling and little hands reaching through the flap of her home lodge. She attempts to tell the villagers of the appearance of the little people and the new corn. How can Chicora convince her tribe of the truth? 

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Dr. Linda Oxendine reading When We Were Alone

A young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak Cree and spend so much time with her family? As the girl asks questions, her grandmother shares her experiences in a residential school, when all of these things were taken away.

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Mrs. Rebecca Cummings reading Native American Twelve Days of Christmas

This innovative children's picture book creatively adapts the traditional English Christmas carol to describe and illustrate the unique material cultures and traditions of twelve Native American tribes within the United States. Readers of all ages will be delighted by acclaimed illustrator Jesse Hummingbird's brilliant interpretation of Native American customs as they have existed before and since Europeans arrived on the continent. Gary Robinson presents a deeper explanation of each day's gift in a brief and easy-to-understand manner, revealing tribal histories, lifestyles and belief systems. 

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UNCP Chancellor Cummings reading Native American Night Before Christmas

An innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale, this full-color book takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for a Native American family when Old Red Shirt (the Native American Santa Claus) comes a-calling with his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread, commodities and other goodies. Renowned Cherokee artist Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art.