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Established in 2006 and presented by the American Indian Library Association every two years, the American Indian Youth Literature Award was "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." Find award winners in the FVRL catalog!
"All Around Us," written by Xelena González (Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation) and illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia, was a 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award Picture Book Honor Book.

"All Around Us," written by Xelena González (Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation) and illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia, was a 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award Picture Book Honor Book.

Fall in Line, Holden! (2017), written and illustrated by Daniel W. Vandever (Diné), was a 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award Picture Book Honor Book.

Fall in Line, Holden! (2017), written and illustrated by Daniel W. Vandever (Diné), was a 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award Picture Book Honor Book.

"Marrow Thieves" (2017), written by Cherie Dimaline (Métis), was a 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Awards Young Adult Honor Book.

"Marrow Thieves" (2017), written by Cherie Dimaline (Métis), was a 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Awards Young Adult Honor Book.

The 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Young Adult Book is "#Not Your Princess: Voices of Native American Women" (2017), edited by Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in) and Mary Beth Leatherdale.

edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale This is one powerful book about the experience and strength of Native women. The book is a collection of art, st…

"In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse" by Joseph Marshall III was the 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award middle school winner.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse, Joseph Marshall III (Judging Books by Their Covers: The 40 Best Book Covers of

"Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices," edited by Lisa	Charleyboy and Mary	Beth	 Leatherdale, was the 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award middle school honor book.

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices - Lisa Charleyboy, Mary Leatherdale - UNCP Juvenile

"Little You" by Richard Van Camp (illustrated by Julie Flett) was the 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award picture book award winner.

Received this as a wedding gift from Richard Van Camp. I feel that the entire universe wants baby Kwons. Little You by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by Julie Flett

"Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of his People" by S. D. Nelson was the 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award picture book honor book.

Nelson Sitting Bull (c. was one of the greatest Lakota/Sioux warriors and chiefs who ever lived. From Sitting Bull’s childhood—killing his fi

"Killer of Enemies" by Joseph Bruchac was the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award young adult award winner.

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Grades 7 & up). In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage

"If I Ever Get Out of Here" by Eric Gansworth was the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award young adult honor book.

YA books by/about Native Americans to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

"How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story" by Tim Tingle was the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award middle school award winner.

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle. A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from the only land its people had ever known, and how their journey to Oklahoma led him to become a ghost—one with the ability to help those he left behind

"Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School" by Adam Fortunate Eagle was a 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award winner.

"Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School" by Adam Fortunate Eagle was a 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award winner.

"Triple Threat" by Jacqueline Guest was a 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award winner.

"Triple Threat" by Jacqueline Guest was a 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award winner.