List of children’s books set in and about Oklahoma from Oklahoma Homeschool

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The Cloud Artist--A Choctaw Tale (Told in English and Choctaw) by Sherri Maret and illustrated by Merisha Sequoia Clark

  • 2017 Writers' League of Texas Book Award Finalist
  • 2018-2019 First Nation Communities Read Shortlist
  • 2018 Oklahoma Book Award Finalist

Leona, a little Choctaw girl, can paint with clouds. When she is invited to join a carnival, Leona must choose what kind of artist she wants to be.

Visit the author's website for a number of activities to accompany the book.
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: The RoadRunner Press; first edition (September 26, 2017)
  • Language: English, Choctaw
  • ISBN-10: 1937054748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937054748
The Survivor Tree-Oklahoma's Symbol of Hope and Strength by Gaye Sanders and illustrated by Pamela Behrend
  • Winner 2018 Comstock Read Aloud Book Award
  • Winner 2018 Oklahoma Book Award
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Book
  • Finalist for 2018 Reading the West Book Award, Mountain and Plains Independent Booksellers Association

No one expected the American elm that grew near the Alfred P. Murrah building to survive after the bombing on April 19, 1995. But it did, earning its name The Survivor Tree.

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Publisher: The RoadRunner Press; first edition (November 1, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1937054497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937054496

A big thanks to Sherri Maret for suggesting the previous two books.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

This older book is a bit hard to find, but it is about a family trying to survive the dust bowl of Oklahoma during 1934. (Recently found a reprinted version)

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: GREAT SOURCE (September 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0590371258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590371254

The Oklahoma Land Run by Una Belle Townsend and illustrated by Emile Henriquez

Story about a nine-year-old boy who on April 22, 1889 has the responsibility to stake a claim of land for his family during the Oklahoma Land Run.

Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Ying-Hwa Hu, illustrated by Cornelius Va Wright

Jenna wants to dance at an upcoming powwow, but she needs the jingles to sew into her dress.


Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

Former slave, Bass Reeves, became a famous lawman in the dangerous Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) during the Nineteenth Century.

S Is For Sooner: An Oklahoma Alphabet by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Kandy Radzinski

Explore the people, places, and landmarks of the Sooner State. The text is dual level, with simple rhymes for younger children and deeper explanations for older children.

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (November 5, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1585360627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585360628


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Roberta Gibson 2020