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American Indian Youth Literature Awards

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) awards are presented every two years to recognize the most outstanding contributions to children's literature by and about American Indians. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.[1]

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HistoryEdit

The First American Indian Library Association American Indian Youth Literature Awards were presented during the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2006.

RecipientsEdit

American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners
Year Work Recipient Title Citation
2016 Best Picture Book Richard Van Camp (author), Julie Flett (illustrator) Little You Winner
2016 Best Picture Book S. D. Nelson Sitting Bull: Lokata Warrior and Defender of His People Honor
2016 Best Middle School Book Joseph Marshall III (author), James Mark Yellowhawk (illustrator) In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse Winner
2016 Best Middle School Book Lisa Charleyboy (editor), Mary Beth Leatherdale (editor) Dreaming in Indian Contemporary Native Voices Honor
2016 Best Young Adult Book Tim Tingle House of Purple Cedar Winner
2016 Best Young Adult Book Evangeline Parsons Yazzie Her Land, Her Love Honor
2014 Best Picture Book Tomson Highway (author), John Rombough (illustrator) Caribou Song, Atihko Oonagamoon Winner
2014 Best Middle School Book Tim Tingle How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story Winner
2014 Best Middle School Book Tim Tingle Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner Honor
2014 Best Young Adult Book Joseph Bruchac Killer of Enemies Winner
2014 Best Young Adult Book Eric Gansworth If I Ever Get Out of Here Honor
2012 Best Picture Book Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (author), Ellen Beier (illustrator) The Christmas Coat Winner
2012 Best Picture Book Tim Tingle (author), Karen Clarkson (illustrator) Saltypie: a Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light Honor
2012 Best Picture Book Kekauleleanae'ole Kawai'ae'a (author), Aaron Kawai'ae'a (illustrator) Kohala Kuamo'o: Nae'ole's Race to Save a King Honor
2012 Best Picture Book Robert Lono Ikuwa (author), Matthew Kawika Ortiz (illustrator) Mohala Mai 'o Hau / How Hau Became Hau'ula Honor
2012 Best Picture Book Margaret Manuel I See Me Honor
2012 Best Middle School Book Jacqueline Guest Free Throw & Triple Threat Winner
2012 Best Middle School Book Melanie Florence Jordin Tootoo: the Highs and Lows in the Journey to the First Inuit to Play in the NHL Honor
2012 Best Middle School Book Anton Treuer et al. Awesiinyensag: Dibaajimowinan ji-Gikinoo'amaageng Honor
2012 Best Middle School Book Victor Schilling Native Defenders of the Environment and other titles in the "Native Trailblazers series. Honor


2012 Best Young Adult Book Adam Fortunate Eagle Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School Winner
2010 Best Picture Book Thomas King (author), Gary Clement (illustrator) A Coyote Solstice Tale Winner
2010 Best Middle School Book Genevieve Simermeyer Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma Winner
2010 Best Young Adult Book Lurline Wailana McGregor Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me Winner
2008 Best Picture Book Tim Tingle (author), Jeanne Rorex Bridges (illustrator) Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom Winner
2008 Best Middle School Book Joseph Medicine Crow Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond Winner
2008 Best Young Adult Book Sherman Alexie The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Winner
2006 Best Picture Book Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (author), Johnny Arlee (contributor), Sam Sandoval (illustrator) Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story Winner
2006 Best Middle School Book Louise Erdrich The Birchbark House Winner
2006 Best Young Adult Book Joseph Bruchac Hidden Roots Winner

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