American Indian Youth Literature Award

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. 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. Additional information about the award and criteria used to evaluate books can be found here.

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

2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award

A color brochure of the 2014 award recipients is available to print and share.

2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award

The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected “The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood” (2011), written by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, illustrated by Ellen Beier; “Free Throw” (2011) and “Triple Threat” (2011), both written by Jacqueline Guest; and “Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School” (2010), written by Adam Fortunate Eagle, as recipients of the fourth American Indian Youth Literature Awards. Four titles were selected as Honor Books in the Picture Book category, two titles were selected as Honor Books in the Middle Grades category and one title was named as an Honor Book in the Young Adult category.

Winners


The Christmas Coat
by Virgina Driving Hawk Sneve,
Ellen Beier(Illustrator)
  
Free Throw and Triple Threat
by Jacqueline Guest

Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School
by Adam Fortunate Eagle

Honor Books in the Picture Book Category


Saltypie; A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light
by Tim Tingle,
Karen Clarkson(Illustrator)

Kohala Kuamo’o: Nae’ole’s Race to save a King
by Kekauleleana’ole Kawai’ae’a,
Aaron Kawai’ae’a (Illustrator)
story by Walter and Luana Kawai’ae’a

Mohala Mai ‘O Hau = How Hau Became Hau’ula
by Robert Lono ‘Ikuwa
pictures by Matthew Kawika Ortiz

I See Me
by Margaret Manuel

Honor Books in the Middle Grades Category


Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL
by Melanie Florence

Awesiinyensag: Dibaajimowinan Ji-Gikinoo’amaageng
by Anton Treuer et al.

Native Defenders of the Environment
and other titles in the “Native Trailblazers series
by Victor Schilling

2010 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners
The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected “A Coyote Solstice Tale” written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement; “Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma” by Genevieve Simermeyer, and “Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel” by Lurline Wailana McGregor as recipients of the third American Indian Youth Literature Awards.


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