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undefined‚ÄčThe American Indian Youth Literature Awards are given biannually to outstanding Native American and Indigenous authors and illustrators from North America who demonstrate in their work the fullness of humanity in the lives of North American Indigenous peoples. The Awards are conducted by the American Indian Library Association. 

Categories include Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade Book, and Best Young Adult Book.

Awards given 2006-Present.


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2020 Best Picture Book Award

Bowwow Powwow: Bagosenjige-niimi'idim by Brenda J. Child E CHI

2020 Best Middle Grade Book Award

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis FIC MCM

2020 Best Young Adult Book Award

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith FIC SMI

2018 Best Picture Book Award

Shanyaak'utlaax: Salmon Boy by Johnny Marks, Hans Chester, David Katzeek, et al. E SHA

2018 Best Middle Grade Book Award

Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume One by Arigon Starr with Theo Tso, Jonathan Nelson, et al.  PN 6727 .T358 2016

2018 Best Young Adult Book Award

#Not Your Princess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale E98 .W8 N68 2017

2016 Best Picture Book Award

Little You by Richard Van Camp E VAN

2016 Best Middle Grade Book Award

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III FIC MAR

2016 Best Young Adult Book Award

House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle FIC TIN

2014 Best Picture Book Award

Caribou Song: Atihko Oonagamoon by Tomson Highway FIC HIG 

2014 Best Middle Grade Book Award

How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle FIC TIN

2014 Best Young Adult Book Award

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac FIC BRU

2012 Best Picture Book Award

The Christmas Coat: Memories of my Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve E SNE

2012 Best Middle Grade Book Award

Free Throw by Jacqueline Guest FIC GUE

2012 Best Young Adult Book Award

Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School by Adam Fortune Eagle E97.6.P65 E23 2010

2010 Best Picture Book Award

A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King FIC KIN

2010 Best Middle Grade Book Award

Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma by Genevieve Simermeyer E99.O8 C677 2008

2010 Best Young Adult Book Award

Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel by Lurline Wailana FIC MCG

2008 Best Picture Book Award

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom by Tim Tingle FIC TIN

2008 General Award

Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief On the Reservation and Beyond by Joseph Medicine Crow  E99 .C92 M42 2006

2006 Best Picture Book Award

Beaver Steals Fire:  A Salish Coyote Story by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, Montana  E99 .S2 B43 2005

2006 Best Middle Grade Book Award

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich FIC ERD

2006 Best Young Adult Book Award

Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac FIC BRU