Celebrate Indigenous Lives by taking part in San Mateo County Reads 2022!


San Mateo County Reads is a countywide initiative that fosters community and discussion through literacy. Formerly known as One Book One County, the program invites students, families, educators, and community members to read from a slate of books under a common theme to promote conversations, create connections, foster understanding, and expand interest in reading. San Mateo County Reads books: Rez Dogs, Firekeeper's Daughter, We are Water Protectors, Jingle Dancer

The theme this year is “Native Authors-Native Lives.” To correct the stories and practices that have often erased indigenous people’s history and culture, the San Mateo County Reads team of educators and librarians selected this year’s slate of books to help lift the stories of indigenous voices.

Learn more about this year's slate of chosen books, and read along with us!

San Mateo County Reads


About the Ramaytush Ohlone People

The Ramaytush (ra-MY-toosh) Ohlone lived in ten independent tribes on the San Francisco Peninsula for thousands of years and to this day continue to live here as respectful stewards of the land. Due to the devastating policies and practices of a succession of explorers, missionaries, settlers, and various levels of government over the centuries since European expansion, the Ramaytush Ohlone lost the vast majority of their population as well as their land. Contemporary members of these tribes continue to research, preserve, and share their history and culture. 

The San Mateo County Office of Education acknowledges that the land on which we live and serve is the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone people. We express our respect and gratitude for the work of the Ramaytush Ohlone to educate residents about their history and the continuing contributions of the Ohlone people. We look forward to working with the Ramaytush Ohlone to support schools in sharing this knowledge with our county’s students and communities.

Learn More About the Ramaytush Ohlone People

Recognitions and Acknowledgements

Resources for Teaching About Indigenous Peoples

California’s History-Social Science Framework calls for students to examine the history and culture of Native Californian peoples, including the Ramaytush Ohlone people. Below are culturally responsive resources to help educators teach about Indigenous peoples.

Photo is attributed to the National Park Service.