2012 Awards

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.

Picture Book
The Christmas Coat

by Virgina Driving Hawk Sneve, Ellen Beier(Illustrator)

Honor Books
Picture Book
Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light

by Tim Tingle, Karen Clarkson(Illustrator)

Picture Book
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

Picture Book
Mohala Mai ‘O Hau = How Hau Became Hau’ula

by Robert Lono ‘Ikuwa pictures by Matthew Kawika Ortiz

Picture Book
I See Me

by Margaret Manuel

Middle School
Native Defenders of the Environment

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