South Dakota

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Grasshopper Summer by Ann Turner and illustrated by Erika Meltzer

Paperback | Library binding

Set in the Dakota Territory after the civil war.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Aladdin (May 1, 2000)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0689835221
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0689835223


Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Ša, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist by Gina Capaldi and Q. L. Pearce

Kindle | Paperback | Hardcover

“I remember the day I lost my spirit.” So begins the story of Gertrude Simmons, also known as Zitkala-Ša, which means Red Bird. Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Zitkala-Ša willingly left her home at age eight to go to a boarding school in Indiana. But she soon found herself caught between two worlds―white and Native American.

At school she missed her mother and her traditional life, but Zitkala-Ša found joy in music classes. “My wounded spirit soared like a bird as I practiced the piano and violin,” she wrote. Her talent grew, and when she graduated, she became a music teacher, composer, and performer.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carolrhoda Books ®; Illustrated edition (August 6, 2019)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1541578368
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1541578364

M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet by William Anderson and Cheryl Harness

Kindle | Hardcover

Learn about South Dakota, from ancient dinosaurs to Wall Drug.

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 – 9 years
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sleeping Bear Press; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2005)
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1585361410
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1585361410

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