Arlene B. Hirschfelder

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Name: Arlene B. Hirschfelder

Pen Name: None

Born: 1943 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: N/A


Illinois Connection

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 BA from Brandeis University and MAT from the University of Chicago. She completed post graduate work at Columbia University Teachers’ College.

For over 20 years, Arlene worked with the Association for American Indian Affairs in New York as the scholarship director and education consultant. She was also a consultant at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian and been a faculty member at New School for Social Research (now New School University) - both in New York.

Hirschfelder has also been a teacher, workshop developer, and consultant on Native American issues; presenter at schools. She has designed of curricula for museums and other institutions, including Smithsonian Institution/National Museum of the American Indian and Columbia University School of Social Work.

She continues to and has worked on and off at the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith in New York as the program developer and member of intergroup relations task force.

Along with the books she has written, Arlene has also been a contributor to many books and articles in 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 also the guest editor for the summer 1988, issue of Indian Affairs (special issue on American Indian religious freedom) and helped compile the book, Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans with Beverly Singer.

Published Works

  • American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children: A Reader and Bibliography, Scarecrow Press 1999 - written with Paulette Fairbanks Molin and Yvonne Wakim
  • Native Americans: A History in Pictures, DK Publishing, 2000
  • Photo Odyssey: Solomon Carvalho's Remarkable Western Adventure 1853-54, Houghton Mifflin Co, 2000
  • Kick Butts!: A Kid's Action Guide to a Tobacco-Free America, Scarecrow Press, 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Native American Religions: An Introduction, Checkmark Books, 2001 - written with Paulette Molin
  • Children of Native America Today, Charlesbridge/Shakti for Children, 2003 - written with Yvonne Wakim Dennis
  • Tobacco, Greenwood, 2010
  • The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists, Scarecrow Press, 2012 - written with Paulette Fairbanks Molin

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children

ISBN: 0810836122
Release Date: 1999-07-28

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Kick Butts!

ISBN: 081083913X
Release Date: 2001-04-28

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Encyclopedia of Native American Religions

ISBN: 0816046530
Release Date: 2001-09

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Children of Native America Today

ISBN: 1570914990
Release Date: 2003-02-01

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Tobacco (Health and Medical Issues Today)

ISBN: 0313358087
Release Date: 2010-06-02

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Literary Awards

  • (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

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Arlene B. Hirschfelder on WorldCat

Arlene B. Hirschfelder on Amazon


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