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About the American Indian Youth Literature Award
This award recognizes 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."
This award is presented every two years.
Winners at the Curriculum Center or Main Library
2014 (Young Adult) - Killer of Enemies by
Call Number: GSCC NA FIC Bruchac Killer
2014 (Middle School) - How I Became a Ghost
Call Number: GSCC NA FIC Tingle How
2014 (Picture Book) - Caribou Song by
Call Number: GSCC NA JFIC Highway Caribou
2008 (Young Adult) - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by
Call Number: GSCC NA FIC Alexie/MAIN LIBRARY BROWSING ALEXIE
2008 - Crossing Bok Chitto by
Call Number: GSCC NA FIC Tingle
2006 (Young Adult) - Hidden Roots by
Call Number: GSCC NA FIC Bruchac
2006 (Middle School) - The Birchbark House by
Call Number: GSCC NA FIC Erdrich/MAIN LIBRARY PZ9.E73B57 1999
2006 (Picture Book) - Beaver Steals Fire by
Call Number: MAIN LIBRARY PZ81.S245B42 2005
Honors at the Curriculum Center or Main Library
2017 - The House of Purple Cedar by
Call Number: NA FIC Tingle House
"The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville." Thus begins Rose Goode's story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year's Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is blessed by the presence of her grandmother Pokoni and her grandfather Amafo, both respected elders who understand the old ways. Soon after the fire, the white sheriff beats Amafo in front of the town's people, humiliating him. Instead of asking the Choctaw community to avenge the beating, her grandfather decides to follow the path of forgiveness. And so unwinds this tale of mystery, Indian-style magical realism, and deep wisdom. It's a world where backwoods spiritualism and Bible-thumping Christianity mix with bad guys; a one-legged woman shop-keeper, her oaf of a husband, herbal potions, and shape-shifting panthers rendering justice. -- Provided by publisher.
2017 - Sitting Bull by
Call Number: NA 978.004 Nelson
From award-winning author and illustrator S. D. Nelson comes the amazing true story of Sitting Bull.
2017 - Dreaming in Indian by
Call Number: NA 704.03 Charleyboy Dreaming
Whether discussing the transformative power of art or music, the lasting trauma of residential schools, growing up poor, or achieving success, the contributors to this remarkable anthology all have something in common: a rich Native heritage that has informed who they are.
2017 - Her Land, Her Love by
Call Number: NA FIC Yazzie Her
Ninaanibaa's heart belonged to Hashké Yił Naabaah (The Warrior Who Fights with Anger). She loved him for protecting his awee (babies), K'e(kinship), Naabeeho (Navajo people) and Dinétah (land). Hashke Yił Naabaah is summoned on a pursuit to restore peace and harmony to Dinétah. Nínááníbaa' gently placed her hand over her heart and wondered if her own heart was prepared to never feel love again. She stopped to think about life without love, the kind of love that her husband showered upon her. Leaving their sacred land was a painful decision forced upon them but Hashké Yił Naabaah and Nínááníbaa always relied on their love, prayers, and kinship in overcoming hardship, loneliness, and suffering. Will they escape the shackles of war and reunite with their children within the four sacred mountains of Dietah?
2014 (Young Adult) - If I Ever Get Out of Here by
Call Number: GSCC NA FIC Gansworth If
2014 (Middle School) - Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner by
Call Number: GSCC NA FIC Tingle Danny