American Indian Youth Literature Award

American Indian Youth Literature Award winning titles were highlighted during the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards, the premier announcement of the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature. The awards are new to the ALA Youth Media Awards lineup and are administered by the American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the ALA.  

Awarded biennially, the American Indian Youth Literature Award identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by and about 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. Winners and Honor Books were selected in the categories Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade Book, and Best Young Adult Book.  

Healer of the Water Monster Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062990402
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Published: Heartdrum - May 11th, 2021

2021-2022 Middle Grade Winner


Apple: (Skin to the Core) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140138
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Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020

2021-2022 Young Adult Winner


Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541579149
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - March 2nd, 2021

2021-2022 Picture Book Honor


I Sang You Down from the Stars Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316493161
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

2021-2022 Picture Book Honor


We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623541927
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Published: Charlesbridge - April 20th, 2021

2021-2022 Picture Book Honor


Ella Cara Deloria: Dakota Language Protector Cover Image
By Diane Wilson, Tashia Hart (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781634894456
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Published: Wise Ink - June 21st, 2021

2021-2022 Middle Grade Honor


Indigenous Peoples' Day Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781663926340
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Published: Pebble Books - August 1st, 2021

2021-2022 Middle Grade Honor


Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend Cover Image
By Dawn Quigley, Tara Audibert (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063015371
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Published: Heartdrum - May 11th, 2021

2021-2022 Middle grade Honor


Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend Cover Image
By Dawn Quigley, Tara Audibert (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780063015388
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Published: Heartdrum - May 11th, 2021

2021-2022 Middle Grade Honor


The Sea in Winter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062872043
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Published: Heartdrum - January 5th, 2021

2021-2022 Middle Grade Honor


Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

2021-2022 Young Adult Honor


Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

2021-2022 Young Adult Honor


Hunting by Stars (A Marrow Thieves Novel) (The Marrow Thieves) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419753473
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Published: Amulet Books - October 19th, 2021

2021-2022 Young Adult Honor


Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present Cover Image
By Adrienne Keene, Ciara Sana (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984857941
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 19th, 2021

2021-2022 Young Adult Honor


Bowwow Powwow Cover Image
By Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator), Gordon Jourdain (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681340777
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 1st, 2018

2019-2020 Picture Book Winner


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Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

2019-2020 Picture Book Honor


Birdsong Cover Image
By Julie Flett, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771644730
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Published: Greystone Kids - October 8th, 2019

2019-2020 Picture Book Honor


At the Mountain's Base Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Weshoyot Alvitre (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735230606
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Published: Kokila - September 17th, 2019

2019-2020 Picture Book Honor


We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580897723
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 4th, 2018

2019-2020 Picture Book Honor


Indian No More Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620148396
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Published: Tu Books - September 24th, 2019

2019-2020 Middle Grade Winner


I Can Make This Promise Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062872005
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Published: Heartdrum - December 8th, 2020

2019-2020 Middle Grade Honor


Hearts Unbroken Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536213133
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

2019-2020 Young Adult Winner


Surviving the City Cover Image
By Tasha Spillett, Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781553797562
Availability: Backordered - Subject to Publisher Availability
Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2019

2019-2020 Young Adult Honor


An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning History for Young People #2) Cover Image
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jean Mendoza (Adapted by), Debbie Reese (Adapted by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807049396
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Published: Beacon Press - July 23rd, 2019

2019-2020 Young Adult Honor