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American Indian Youth Literature Book Awards

The American Indian Library Association announces the establishment of its American Indian Youth Services Literature Award. The children's book award was created as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Potential award winning titles will be nominated and selected by members of the award jury, which is composed of seven members of AILA, elected by the membership. Each juror may nominate titles in each category that represent the best in American Indian books for children and youth. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts. Additional information about the award and criteria used to evaluate books can be found here.

The First American Indian Library Association Native American Youth Services Literature Awards were selected and presented during the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color at Dallas Texas, Oct 11 through 15, 2006. Winners were chosen in three categories: picture book, middle school, and young adult.

2010 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners

A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King, Gary Clement (illustrator)

Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma by Genevieve Simermeyer, photographs by Katherine Fogden

Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel by Lurline Wailana McGregor

2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners

Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond by Joseph Medicine Crow,
Herman Viola

Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (illustrator)

2006 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners

Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (illustrator)

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac

Source: American Indian Library Association

American Indian Youth Literature Book Awards