Today, I'm adding a Top Board Books list to that section. It isn't a Top Ten list because some of the books are from the same author and titling it "Top Ten" doesn't work. Each of the books are written or illustrated by a Native author or illustrator, and in some way, they are "tribally specific."
Published in 2003 by Salina, it is one of a series of eight bilingual books with Dine (Navajo) and English text that feature a baby girl, her growth, and things she learns in a tribally specific context. Other books in the series are Baby Learns about Animals, Baby Learns about Seasons, Baby Learns about Senses, Baby Learns bout Time, Baby Learns about Weather, Baby Learns to Count, and Baby's First Laugh. For more information, see my essay: Beverly Blacksheep's Board Books.
Published in 2010 by Theytus, the book can be personalized. By that, I mean that each page has a line of English text about the photo, and, a blank line for parents/teachers to write a caption in their own language. If you wish, the publisher provides captions in a specific language. This book is being given to families through the American Indian/Alaska Native Reach Out and Read program.
Published in 2010 by Garfinkle Publications, this board book is one of several that are illustrated by First Nations artists. The back cover provides information about the item and artist whose work is featured on each page. The other book from Garfinkle that I know and recommend is Learn to Count with Northwest Coast Native Art. They also sell puppets, plush animals, stickers, and stamps. Though I don't have any of the items, I think they can be used to enhance the study of the art in the books.
Published in 2007 by Orca, it was given to every baby born in British Columbia in 2008. Richard is Dogrib (the Dibrib people are in Canada). The book was very well received and reviewed as a book primarily for parents.
Update, March 6, 2012
Update, November 18, 2014
Update, November 4, 2016
Delighted to add these!
Good Morning World, by Paul Windsor (see review):
Debbie Slier's Loving Me (see review):
Celebrate My Hopi Corn and Celebrate My Hopi Toys by Anita Poleahla and Emmett Navakuku (see review):
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett (see review):
And, Richard Van Camp and Julie Flett's We Sang You Home (see review):