Taino Children’s Books to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day


Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The days of celebrating Columbus Day are slowly but surely coming to an end.    Many cities are doing away with this holiday and celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  A day to celebrate and honor the Indigenous peoples of America and commemorate their shared history and culture. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October and is an official city and state holiday in various localities.  In many Latin American countries, this day is called “Día de la raza.”

During four separate trips that started with the one in 1492, Columbus landed on various Caribbean islands. The first place he made landfall in the Western Hemisphere was an island in the present-day Bahamas known to its Lucayan Taíno inhabitants as Wanahaní.  Columbus promptly rechristened it San Salvador, beginning a long tradition of dismissing indigenous knowledge at best and using toponymy as a tool of genocide at worst.   The Bahamas stopped commemorating Columbus Day in 2013.  

Sadly, in schools across the United States, the Taíno and indigenous people have been erased from history books only to focus on the man who made the journey from Spain and “discovered indigenous land.”  I’m not going to focus on the horrific genocide that occurred 500 years ago, but I do want to share a list of Taíno children’s books that we can all read with our children and/or students.

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Taíno Children’s Books in English


How the Sea Began: A Taino Myth

Tai and Juracán

Hekití and the Moon: A Taíno Legend

Anacaona, Ayiti’s Taino Queen

The Taino Sun (The stories of Atabey and Yayael)

Atariba and Niguayona: A Story from the Taino People of Puerto Rico (Tales of the Americas) (English and Spanish Edition)

The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico

The Legend of Ni Rahú Cave: Children of the Water Cave (Taíno, Ni Rahú) (Volume 1)

No More Grating Yuka (Taino Ni Rahu) (Volume 2)

Voyage to Xaragua (Taino Ni Rahu) (Volume 3)

Taíno ABC

Taíno Children’s Book in Spanish

Tai y el bosque tropical

Las Huellas Secretas (Spanish Edition)

El areyto de la pluma (Las historias de Atabey y Yayael)

Los cuentos de mi abuela Guayacana (Las historias de Atabey y Yayael)

El último taíno (Spanish Edition)

Atariba and Niguayona: A Story from the Taino People of Puerto Rico (Tales of the Americas) (English and Spanish Edition)

Flor De Oro: Un Mito Taino De Puerto Rico (Spanish Edition)

Kiki Kokí: La Leyenda Encantada del Coquí (Kiki Kokí: The Enchanted Legend of the Coquí Frog)

More Resources

Indigenous Peoples Day Resources

Discovering Columbus: Re-reading the Past

Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry

El Cemí y Dujo: Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry

Story Time with Kiki Kokí: Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry

Taíno Petroglyphs for Kids


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5 Responses to “Taino Children’s Books to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

  1. […] As I was talking about earlier, I love the initiatives of people who start up community libraries where they can.  Here in Northern Ireland the children and I often take our books down to the train station where people can leave books for others to pick up and read.  Puerto Rico has some colourful and fantastic Libros Libres (Free Books) places and I am touched that Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes went so far as to ship books from the USA to Puerto Rico to donate when they went home for a family vacation.  This week I’m featuring their post on Libros Libres (Free Books) Puerto Rico […]

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