South Dakota Books for Young Readers

Books for Young Readers
South Dakota General
American Indian
Pioneer Life
State Historical Society Selections

  South Dakota General - Juvenile

Aylesworth, Thomas G. and Virginia L.  The Great Plains: Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming.  New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1988.  Discusses the geographical, historical, and cultural aspects of these states using maps, illustrated fact spreads, and other illustrated materials to highlight the land, history, and people of each state. 

Bailey, Bernadine.  Picture Book of South Dakota.  The United States Books series.  Chicago: A. Whitman, 1966. 

Belvillle, Cheryl Walsh.  Round-up.  Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1982.  Describes the activities that take place at a spring cattle round-up. 

Carpenter, John Allan.  South Dakota.  The new enchantment of American series.  Chicago:  Children’s Press, [1978]. 

Distad, Audree.  Come to the Fair.  New York:  Harper & Row, 1977. Follows several youngsters as they participate in the contents and exhibitions of a state fair.  The South Dakota State Fair in Huron, SD is seen through agricultural exhibitions and other 4-H  projects. 

Doherty, Craig A.  Mount Rushmore.  Building America series.  Woodbridge, Conn.: Blackbirch Press, 1995. 

Fradin, Dennis B.  South Dakota.  From sea to shining sea series.  Chicago:  Children’s Press,  1995. 

-------.  South Dakota in Words and Pictures.  Chicago:  Children’s Press, 1981.  Introduces the history, geography, industry, agriculture, and people of the "Sunshine State." 

Goodson, Rose Mary.  The Black Hills of South Dakota.  St. Louis:  Bardgett Print. & Pub. Co., 1971. Text and pictures briefly trace the history of the Black Hills region from prehistory to the present. 

Heck, Douglas L.  Southy Cody’s Adventures in South Dakota.  South Dakota: Wayphar  Creations, 1992. "A children’s travel guide to a radical time in South Dakota pictures, puzzles, stories, maps, and fun vacation ideas." 

Hennessey, Paul.  Paul Hennessey:  Cowboy Poet of South Dakota.  Belle Fourche, S. Dak.:  P. Hennessey, 1972. 

Hogan, Edward Patrick.  South Dakota:  An Illustrated Geography.  Huron, S. Dak.: East Eagle Co., 1991. 

Johnson, Norma.  Chilson’s History of Fort Sisseton.  Pierre, S. Dak.:  ESCO, 1996. 

Karinen-Powell, Lora B.  A Speck in Time.  Belle Fourche, S. Dak.:  L.B. Karinen-Powell, 1984.  South Dakota juvenile fiction - ducks as pets.  

Lepthien, Emilie U.  South Dakota.  America the Beautiful series.  Chicago:  Children’s Press, 1991. Introduces the geography, history, government, economy, industry, culture, historic sites, and famous people of the state nicknamed the "Land of Infinite Variety." 

Marsh, Carole.  South Dakota Silly Trivia.  Decature, Ga.: Gallopade Pub., Group, 1989. 

Miller, David and Nancy Veglahn.  The South Dakota Story.  Pierre:  Instructional Television Curriculum & Instruction, Division of Elementary & Secondary Education, 1985. 

Mulcrone, Margaret.  Footprints Across Dakota.  Mitchell, S. Dak.:  S and M Printing Company, 1980. 

Oyan, Ethel R.  South Dakota for Young People.  Lincoln, Neb.: University Pub. Co., 1975. Traces the history and development of South Dakota emphasizing the frontier and pioneer period.  Includes the words and music to South Dakota’s state song, "Hail! South Dakota," by D. Hammitt. 

Prolman, Marilyn.  The Story of Mount Rushmore.  Chicago: Children’s Press, 1969.  Relates the conception and execution of the giant monument to four American Presidents carved upon Mount Rushmore. 

Schell, Herbert Samuel.  South Dakota, Its Beginnings and Growth.  New York: American Book Co., [1942]. 

Sirvaitis, Karen.  South Dakota.  Hello U.S.A. series.  Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1995. 

Thompson, Kathleen.  South Dakota.  Portrait of America series.  Milwaukee: Raintree Publishers, 1986.  Discusses the history, economy, culture, and future of South Dakota.  Also includes a state chronology, pertinent statistics, and maps. 

Veglahn, Nancy.  Getting to Know the Missouri River.  New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, [1972].  Describes the people and events important in the history and exploration of the river known as "Big Muddy." 

-------.  South Dakota.  States of the Nation series.  New York: Coward-McCann, [1970].  Surveys the history, geography, resources, economy, and people of the Midwestern Sunshine State. 

Wilkes, Mary.  They Said It Couldn’t Be Done:  A Life Story of the Sculptor of Mt. Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum.  Aberdeen, S. Dak.: North Plains Press, 1976. 

Writer’s Program, South Dakota.  Both Sides of the River.  Sioux Falls, S. Dak.: Midwest Press and Supply Co., 1942.

   American Indian - Juvenile

Anderson, LaVere.  Sitting Bull, Great Sioux Chief.  Champaign, Ill.: Garrard Pub. Co., [1970].  A biography of the Sioux chief who was both feared and respected for his attempts to win peace and justice for his people. 

Big Crow, Moses Nelson.  A Legend from the Crazy Horse Clan.  Chamberlain, S.Dak.: Tipi Press, 1987. 

Bonham, Barbara.  The Battle of Wounded Knee: the Ghost Dance Uprising.  Chicago:  Reilly & Lee Books, [1970]. 

Bonvillain, Nancy.  The Santee Sioux.  Philadelphia:  Chelsea House, 1997.  Includes bibliographical references and index.  Presents a history of one division of Dakota Indians of the northern plains and prairies including their traditions, the impact of reservations, and current way of life. 

-------.  The Teton Sioux.  New York:  Chelsea House, 1994. 

The Buffalo Go Up the River.  St. Francis, S.Dak.:  St. Francis Indian School, 1980.  Bilingual.  Parallel Dakota and English text. 

Burt, Olive Woolley.  Sacajawea.  A Visual Biography series.  New York:  Watts, 1978.  A biography of the Shoshoni Indian woman who acted as an interpreter, nurse, and guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition. 

DeWall, Robb.  Crazy Horse and Korczak: The Story of an Epic Mountain Carving.  Crazy Horse, SD: Korczak’s Heritage, 1982.  A visit with sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, at work on his monumental Black Hills mountain carving commemorating the Lakota Indian hero Crazy Horse. 

Dolan, Terrance.  The Santee Sioux Indians.  New York: Chelsea Juniors, 1997.  Examines the history and present status of the Santee Sioux Indians, discussing their fight to maintain their native lands under the leadership of Chief Little Crow. 

FilmFair Communications.  Sacajawea [videorecording].  North Hollywood, Calif.: FilmFair Communications, 1990.  Through animation, traces the life of the Shoshoni Indian girl who was stolen from her tribe at the age of twelve, sold to a French trapper, and served as a guide in the Lewis and Clark expedition. 

Gridley, Marion.  The Story of the Sioux.  New York: Putnam, [1972].  Discusses the history, customs, dwellings, dress, and famous leaders of the Great Plains tribe who called themselves Dakota. 

Hoover, Herbert T.  The Yankton Sioux.  New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1988.  Discusses the history of the Yankton Sioux and their current situation.  Includes a picture essay on objects used in Yankton religious observances. 

Johnston, Johanna.  The Indians and the Strangers.  New York: Dodd, Mead, [1972].  Who is the stranger?  Squanto and the English explorers.  Powhatan and the settlers at Jamestown.  Massasoit and the Pilgrims.  Philip and the New England colonists.  Tammany and the Quakers.  Pontiac and the French.  Joseph Brant and the English.  Sacajawea and Lewis and Clark.  Tecumseh and the Ohio settlers.  Black Hawk and the Illinois settlers.  Sequoya and the white man’s writing.  Crazy Horse and Custer’s Last Stand.  Strangers no more. 

Katz, Jane B., comp. and editor.  We Rode the Wind: Recollections of Nineteenth-century Tribal Life.  Voices of the American Indian series.  Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., [1975].  Includes selections by Charles Eastman, Stands in Timber, Two Leggings, Luther Standing Bear, W. W. Warren, Jim Whitewolf, and Black Elk.

Kotzwinkle, William.  Return of Crazy Horse.  New York:  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, [1971].  Describes the efforts of Korczak Ziolkowski to carve a monument to Crazy Horse, Sioux Chief, out of Thunderhead Mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. 

McGaa, Ed.  Red Cloud.  Minneapolis, Dillon Press, [1971].  A biography of the Oglala Indian who rose to leadership in the Sioux nation because of his skill with weapons and words. 

Milton, John.  Crazy Horse.  A Story of an American Indian series.  Minneapolis, Dillon Press, 1974.  A biography of the Oglala Lakota who helped defeat Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. 

Milton, John.  Oscar Howe.  Minneapolis, Dillon Press, [1972].  A biography of the Yanktonai Dakota who despite many obstacles became a prominent artist and teacher. 

O’Neill, Laurie.  Wounded Knee: The Death of a Dream.  Spotlight on American History series.  Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, 1993.  Examines the bloody confrontation at Wounded Knee, SD in 1890 between U.S. Calvary troops and the Lakota Indians. 

Parker, Donald.  Gabriel Renville, Young Sioux Warrior: the Adventure of an Indian Boy in Early Minnesota.  New York: Exposition Press, [1973].  A fictionalized account of the boyhood adventures of the half-breed youth who was to one day become a Sioux chief. 

Rose, LaVera.  The People = Oyate Kin.  Meet the Lakota series.  Pierre, S.Dak.:  LaVera Rose, 1992.  Bilingual - Lakota and English.  A brief introduction to the Lakota people and their culture. 

-------.  The Grandchildren of the Lakota.  Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, (fall) 1998.  Focuses on issues experienced by contemporary Lakota through the experiences of the author and her family living on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk.  Betrayed.  New York:  Holiday House, [1974].  Relates the events of the Santee Indian raid on the Lake Shetek, MN, settlement and the subsequent fate of the captives. 

-------.  High Elk’s Treasure.  New York:  Holiday House, [1972].  Trying to locate a valuable filly lost during a story, thirteen-year-old Joe High Elk discovers an object of historical importance. 

-------.  The Sioux.  A First Americans book.  New York:  Holiday House, 1993.  Identifies the different tribes of the "Sioux" Indians and discusses their beliefs and traditional way of life. 

-------.  The Trickster and the Troll.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.  Iktomi, a Lakota trickster, and a troll from Norway meet and become competitors, helpers, and friends as they try to hold on to the native ways that are being abandoned as more people settle across America. 

South Dakota Writers’ Project, comp.  Legends of the Mighty Sioux.  Chicago:  A. Whitman & Company, 1941. 

Thomasma, Kenneth.  Kunu: Escape on the Missouri.  Jackson, Wyo.: Granview Pub. Co., 1989.  Following the forced removal of his people from Minnesota to Crow Creek, SD, a Winnebago Indian boy embarks on a dangerous journey to return his dying grandfather to his Minnesota homeland. 

Walker, Paul.  Spiritual Leaders.  American Indian Lives series.  New York:  Facts on File, 1994. 

Yellow Robe, Rosebud.  An Album of the American Indian.  New York: F. Watts, [1969].  Summarizes the way of life of seven American Indian tribes before the Europeans came.  Describes how the arrival of the white man changed the life of the Indian through war and by isolation on reservations. 

-------.  Tonweya and the Eagles, and Other Lakota Tales.  New York:  Dial Books for Young Readers, [1992], 1979.  A collection of animal tales first told by the Plains Indians, interwoven with factual information about the Lakota people.

   South Dakota Pioneer Life - Juvenile

Blair, Gwenda.  Laura Ingalls Wilder.  A See & Read Biography.  New York: Putnam, 1981.  A brief biography of the author of the Little House books which were based on her own experiences living with her family on the frontier in the late 19th century. 

Clark, Charlotte.  Black Cowboy: The Story of Nat Love.  Eau Claire, Wis.: E. M. Hale, [1970].  An easy-to-read biography of one of the first African American cowboys, renowned for his riding, roping, and sharpshooting. 

Felton, Harold.  Nat Love, Negro Cowboy.  New York: Dodd, Mead, [1969].  A biography of an African American boy freed from slavery during the Civil War who, at age fifteen, went West to become a cowpuncher, champion roper, sharpshooter, and bronco rider, and finally a Pullman porter. 

Garson, Eugenia, comp.  The Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook:  Favorite Songs From the Little House Books.  New York: Harper & Row, [1968]. 

Garst, Shannon.  Wild Bill Hickok.  New York: J. Messner, [1952].  A biography of the frontiersman who was a teamster, Civil War soldier, Indian fighter, scout, and marshal of several rough frontier towns. 

Harvey Brett.  My Prairie Year: Based on the Diary of Elenore Plaisted.  New York: Holiday House, 1986.  Nine-year-old Elenore describes her experiences living with her family in the Dakota Territory in the late nineteenth century. 

Holbrook, Stewart.  Wild Bill Hickok Tames the West.  Landmark Books series.  New York:  Random House, [1952]. 

Hunkins, Ralph Valentine and Regina Hunkins Allen.  Sod-house Days: Tales of the Prairies.  New York: American Book Company, [1945]. 

-------.  Trapper Days: Tales of the Prairies.  New York: American Book Company, [1942]. 

Johnson, Norma.  Chilton’s History of Fort Sisseton.  Pierre, S. Dak.: ESCO, 1996. 

Peterson, Marlyce Haug.  Prairie Child.  South Dakota: N.p., 1983. 

Rounds, Glen.  Sod Houses on the Great Plains.  New York: Holiday House, 1995. 

-------.  The Treeless Plains.  Hew York:  Holiday House, [1967].  How the early settlers, or "sodbusters," of the Middle Border adapted their houses and home life to the materials at hand. 

Sanders, Mary Frances.  Robert in a Forbidden Land: The Story about the First White Boy in the Black Hills - the Paha Sapa of the Indians.  Laguna Hills, Calif.: Mary F. Sanders, 1982.  A biography of Robert Tallent. 

Tedrow, Thomas L.  Missouri Homestead.  The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder series.  Nashville: T. Nelson, 1992.  In 1884, when Laura, Manly, and their daughter Rose come from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, looking for a better life, Laura’s outspoken articles against a local timberman cause some problems. 

Townsley, Janet Howe. Dakota Dreams: Fannie Sabra Howe’s Own Story, 1881-1884. Pierre: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2003. Based on an actual diary, Dakota Dreams presents the homesteading experience from the viewpoint of a young girl.

Turner, Ann Warren.  Grasshopper Summer.  Mahwah, N.J.: Troll Associates, 1991.  In 1874 eleven-year-old Sam and his family move from Kentucky to the southern Dakota Territory, where harsh conditions and a plague of hungry grasshoppers threaten their chances for survival. 

Veglahn, Nancy.  The Buffalo King, the Story of Scotty Philip.  New York: Scribner’s, [1971].  Biography of the Scottish immigrant who settled in Dakota Territory in the late 1800’s and whose campaign to preserve the vanishing bison was so ardent he became known as "the buffalo king." 

Wilder, Laura Ingalls.  By the Shores of Silver Lake.  Santa Barbara, CA: Cornerstone Books, 1990, c1953.  Ma and the girls follow Pa west by train where they make their home at a rough railroad camp and plan for their own homestead. 

-------.  Dear Laura: Letters From Children to Laura Ingalls Wilder.  New York: HarperCollins, 1996.  A collection of letters from the 1930s through the 1950s sent to Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

-------.  The First Four Years.  New York:  Harper & Row, [1971].  During their first four years of marriage, Laura and Almanzo Wilder have a child and fight a losing battle in their attempts to succeed at farming on the South Dakota prairie. 

-------.  Going West.  (adapted from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder)  New York: HarperCollins, 1996.  A young pioneer girl and her family prepare to leave the big woods of Wisconsin and travel west in their covered wagon. 

-------, comp.  The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook.  New York: HarperCollins, 1995. 

-------.  A Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories From the Little House Books.  New York: HarperCollins, 1994.  A collection of stories which describe the experiences of a pioneer girl and her family as they celebrate various Christmases in the big woods in Wisconsin, on the prairie in Indian Territory, and on the banks of Plum Creek. 

-------.  Little Town on the Prairie.  New York: Harper, 1953.  Pa’s homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oat crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school but becomes a certified school teacher. 

-------.  The Long Winter.  New York: Harper & Brothers, [1940]. 

-------.  On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip From South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894.  With a setting by Rose Wilder Lane.  New York: Harper & Row, [1962].  Describes the sights and events a frontier family encounters traveling from South Dakota to the Ozarks. 

-------.  These Happy Golden Years.  New York: Harper, 1953.  Laura has her first experiences as a teacher and is courted by Almanzo Wilder.