Arlene B. Hirschfelder
Pen Name: None
Born: 1943 in Chicago, Illinois
Arlene was born and raised in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional Information
Arlene Hirschfelder is an educator and author. Her passion for writing nonfiction traces back to her childhood in Chicago. She grew up in a house surrounded by thousands of history books and a family where reading and writing seemed just about as important as breathing and eating!
Hirschfelder earned her B.A. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts and M.A.T from the University of Chicago. Her post graduate work was completed at Columbia University Teachers’ College in New York.
For over 20 years, Arlene worked in New York for the Association on American Indian Affairs as the scholarship director and education consultant. She was also a consultant at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian and was a faculty member at New School for Social Research (now New School University) - both in New York.
Hirschfelder has also been a workshop developer, and consultant on Native American issues and presenter at schools. She has designed curricula for museums and other institutions, including Smithsonian Institution/National Museum of the American Indian and Columbia University School of Social Work.
Along with the many books she has written, Arlene has also been a contributor to other books and has written articles for Ms., Halcyon, Los Angeles Times, Indian Affairs, Interracial Books for Children Bulletin, and Shofar. Her book contributions include:
- Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes, Racism and Sexism, Resource Center for Educators
- Ethnic Images in Toys and Games,Pamela B. Nelson, editor, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies
- A Place Called Home: Twenty Writing Women Remember, edited by Mickey Pearlman, St. Martin’s Press.
Hirschfelder was the guest editor for the summer 1988, issue of Indian Affairs (special issue on American Indian religious freedom). She also helped compile the book, Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans with Beverly Singer and was the sole editor of Native Heritage: Personal Accounts by American Indians 1790 to the Present.
Today, Arlene lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.
- American Indian and Eskimo Authors: A Comprehensive Bibliography, Association on American Indian Affairs, 1973
- This Land Is Ours: A Native American Anthology and Teacher’s Guide, Northeast Center for Curriculum Development, 1978
- Annotated Bibliography of the Literature on American Indians Published in State Historical Society Publications:New England and Middle Atlantic States, Kraus-Thompson Organization Press, 1982
- American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children: A Reader and Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1982, 2nd edition, 1999 - written with Paulette F. Molin and Yvonne Wakim
- Guide to Research on North American Indians, American Library Association, 1983 - written with Mary Gloyne Byler and Michael Dorris
- Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today, Scribner, 1986
- Kick Butts!: A Kid's Action Guide to a Tobacco-Free America, Messner, 1998
- Encyclopedia of Native American Religions: An Introduction, Checkmark Books, 1992, revised edition, 1999 - written with Paulette F. Molin
- The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today, Prentice-Hall, 1993 - written with Martha Kreipe de Montaño
- American Indian Lives: Artists and Craftspeople, Facts on File, 1994
- The Tobacco Chronicles: Tobacco in the United States, 1880-1995: Tobacco Practices, Policies, and Research among American Indians and Alaska Natives, Columbia University School of Social Work, 1995 - written with Dennis Hirschfelder
- Encyclopedia of Smoking and Tobacco, ORYX Press, 1999
- Native Americans Today: Resources and Activities for Educators, Grades 4-8, Teacher Ideas Press/Libraries Unlimited, 2000 - written with Yvonne Beamer
- Photo Odyssey: Solomon Carvalho's Remarkable Western Adventure 1853-54, Clarion Books, 2000
- Native Americans: A History in Pictures, DK Publishing, 2000
- Children of Native America Today, Charlesbridge, 2003 - written with Yvonne Wakim Dennis
- Children of the U.S.A., Charlesbridge, 2008 - written with Maya Ajmera, Yvonne Wakim Dennis, and Cynthia Pon
- A Kid’s Guide to Native American History: More than Fifty Activities, Chicago Review Press, 2009 - written with Yvonne Wakim Dennis
- Tobacco, Greenwood, 2010
- The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists, Scarecrow Press, 2012 - written with Paulette F. Molin
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children
Release Date: 1999-07-28
Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today
Release Date: 1986-09
Release Date: 2001-04-28
Encyclopedia of Native American Religions
Release Date: 2001-09
The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today
Release Date: 1998-12-15
Artists and Craftspeople (American Indian Lives)
Release Date: 1994-07
Native Americans Today: Resources and Activities for Educators, Grades 4-8
Release Date: 2000-01-15
Children of Native America Today
Release Date: 2003-02-01
Children of the U.S.A.
Release Date: 2008-02-01
Tobacco (Health and Medical Issues Today)
Release Date: 2010-06-02
The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists
Release Date: 2012-03-22
- (With others) Choice Outstanding Academic Book selection, 1984, for Guide to Research on North American Indians, and 1994, for Native American Almanac
- Western Heritage Wrangler Award, National Cowboy Hall of Fame/Western Heritage Center, 1986, Carter G. Woodson Book Award, and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) citation, both 1987, and Notable Children’s Trade Book in Social Studies citation, NCSS/Children’s Book Council (CBC), all for Happily May I Walk
- (with Paulette F. Molin) New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book selection, 1992, for Encyclopedia of Native American Religions
- (with Beverly R. Singer) New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age designation, Boston Globe Twenty-five Best in Children’s Nonfiction selection, and Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, all 1992, Teachers’ Choice and Children’s Choice selections, both International Reading Association/CBC, and White Raven Books selection, International Youth Library (Munich, Germany), all 1993, all for Rising Voices
- New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age designation, 1995, for Artists and Craftspeople
- Wordcraft Circle Reference Book designation, 1999, for American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children
- Voice of Youth Advocates Nonfiction Honor selection, 1999, for Kick Butts
- (with Yvonne Wakim Dennis) CCBC Choices selection, and Notable Book for a Global Society designation, International Reading Association, both 2003, both for Children of Native America Today
- (with others) Best Books selection, Bank Street College, and Gold Medal in multicultural nonfiction, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, both 2008, both for Children of the U.S.A.
- Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, and Gold Medal, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, both 2010, both for A Kid’s Guide to Native American History
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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