American Indian Youth Literature Award

Given by American Indian Library Association

Other Names: AILA American Indian Youth Literature Award
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Awarded biennially, the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present

show more Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity. In odd-numbered years, nominations are encouraged in fiction or nonfiction and may include graphic novels; for picture books, the award is for both author and illustrator. Awards are granted in even-numbered years. Authors/illustrators may win the American Indian Youth Literature Award in the categories Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade Book, and Best Young Adult Book. In addition, up to five awards may be selected as Honors books in each category. show less
Stages:
All, Winner (32), Honor Book (54)
Categories:
Years:
All, 2024 (20), 2022 (10), 2020 (13), 2018 (12), 2016 (6), 2014 (5), 2012 (11), 2010 (3), 2008 (3), 2006 (3)
Announced:
January 22: Winner2024 Recent
January 22: Honor Book2024 Recent

Winner 32

WorkCategoryYear
We Still Belong by Christine DayMiddle Grade2024
Forever Cousins by Laurel GoodluckPicture Book2024
A Letter for Bob by Kim RogersPicture Book2024
Rez Ball by Byron GravesYoung Adult2024
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline BoulleyMiddle School2022
Herizon by Daniel W. VandeverPicture Book2022
Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric GansworthYoung Adult2022
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManisMiddle School2020
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. ChildPicture Book2020
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich SmithYoung Adult2020
Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume 1 by Arigon StarrMiddle School2018
Shanyaak'utlaax̱ / Salmon Boy by Johnny MarksPicture Book2018
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa CharleyboyYoung Adult2018
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall IIIMiddle School2016
Little You by Richard Van CampPicture Book2016
House of Purple Cedar by Tim TingleYoung Adult2016
How I Became A Ghost by Tim TingleMiddle School2014
Caribou Song / atíhko níkamon by Tomson HighwayPicture Book2014
Killer of Enemies by Joseph BruchacYoung Adult2014
Free Throw by Jacqueline GuestMiddle School2012
Triple Threat by Jacqueline GuestMiddle School2012
The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk SnevePicture Book2012
Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School by Adam Fortunate EagleYoung Adult2012
Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma by Genevieve SimermeyerMiddle School2010
Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me by Lurline Wailana McGregorPicture Book2010
A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas KingYoung Adult2010
Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond by Joseph Medicine CrowMiddle School2008
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexiePicture Book2008
Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom by Tim TingleYoung Adult2008
The Birchbark House by Louise ErdrichMiddle School2006
Hidden Roots by Joseph BruchacPicture Book2006
Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story by Confederated Salish and Kootenai TribesYoung Adult2006

Honor Book 54

WorkCategoryYear
She Persisted: Maria Tallchief by Christine DayMiddle Grade2024
She Persisted: Deb Haaland by Laurel GoodluckMiddle Grade2024
Eagle Drums by Nasugraq Rainey HopsonMiddle Grade2024
Jo Jo Makoons: Fancy Pants (Jo Jo, 2) by Dawn QuigleyMiddle Grade2024
Jo Jo Makoons: Snow Day (Jo Jo, 3) by Dawn QuigleyMiddle Grade2024
She Persisted: Wilma Mankiller by Traci SorellMiddle Grade2024
Berry Song by Michaela GoadePicture Book2024
Rock Your Mocs by Laurel GoodluckPicture Book2024
Remember by Joy HarjoPicture Book2024
Celebration by Lily HopePicture Book2024
Contenders: Two Native Baseball Players, One World Series by Traci SorellPicture Book2024
Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline BoulleyYoung Adult2024
Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie DimalineYoung Adult2024
Running with Changing Woman by Lorinda MartinezYoung Adult2024
Man-Made Monsters: Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. RogersYoung Adult2024
Heroes of the Water Monster by Brian YoungYoung Adult2024
Indigenous Peoples' Day by Katrina M. PhillipsMiddle School2022
Ella Cara Deloria: Dakota Language Protector by Diane WilsonMiddle School2022
Learning My Rights with Mousewoman by Morgan AsoyufPicture Book2022
Becoming Miss Navajo by Jolyana Begay-KroupaPicture Book2022
Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci SorellPicture Book2022
We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci SorellPicture Book2022
I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-SumnerPicture Book2022
I Can Make This Promise by Christine DayMiddle School2020
The Grizzly Mother by Brett D. HusonMiddle School2020
Birdsong by Julie FlettPicture Book2020
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble MaillardPicture Book2020
At the Mountain's Base by Traci SorellPicture Book2020
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci SorellPicture Book2020
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-OrtizYoung Adult2020
Reawakening our ancestors' lines : revitalizing Inuit traditional tattooing = Atuffaalirniq hivunipta kakiniinnik by Angela Hovak JohnstonYoung Adult2020
Apple in the Middle by Dawn QuigleyYoung Adult2020
Surviving the City by Tasha SpillettYoung Adult2020
The Wool of Jonesy, Part I (2012) by Jonathan NelsonMiddle School2018
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree by Julie FlettPicture Book2018
I Am Dreaming of... Animals of the Native Northwest by Melaney Gleeson-LyallPicture Book2018
All Around Us by Xelena GonzalezPicture Book2018
Mission To Space by John HerringtonPicture Book2018
Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. VandeverPicture Book2018
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie DimalineYoung Adult2018
Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology by Hope NicholsonYoung Adult2018
Fire Starters by Jen StormYoung Adult2018
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices by Lisa CharleyboyMiddle School2016
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S.D. NelsonPicture Book2016
Her Land, Her Love by Evangeline Parsons YazzieYoung Adult2016
Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner by Tim TingleMiddle School2014
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric GansworthYoung Adult2014
Awesiinyensag : dibaajimowinan ji-gikinoo'amaageng by Wesley BallingerMiddle School2012
Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL by Melanie FlorenceMiddle School2012
Native Defenders of the Environment by Vincent SchillingMiddle School2012
Mohala Mai ʻo Hau = How Hau became Hauʻ ula by Robert Lono IkuwaPicture Book2012
Kohala kuamoʻo = Naeʻole's race to save a king by Kekauleleanaeʻole KawaiʻaeʻaPicture Book2012
I See Me by Margaret ManuelPicture Book2012
Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim TinglePicture Book2012

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Awarded biennially, the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity. In odd-numbered years, nominations are encouraged in fiction or nonfiction and may include graphic novels; for picture books, the award is for both author and illustrator. Awards are granted in even-numbered years. Authors/illustrators may win the American Indian Youth Literature Award in the categories Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade Book, and Best Young Adult Book. In addition, up to five awards may be selected as Honors books in each category.

(English, Award granter)
URL: https://ailanet.org/activities/american-indian-youth-literature-award/
The awards recognize excellence in books by American Indians. By identifying and honoring outstanding writing and illustrations in the field of children’s literature, the American Indian Library Association encourages authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and tribal entities to create materials that “present Native Americans in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts." (English, Member-written)
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. (English, Member-written)

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