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American Indian Youth Services Award Winners


     2010s  |   2000s  |

Winning American Indian Youth Services Literature books are chosen by an elected jury made up of members
of the American Indian Library Association. The biennial award, first presented in 2006, is given to the author and illustrator
who "honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians." (American Indian Library Association)


awards are presented in three categories: Picture Book, Middle School, and Young Adult
* indicates award-winning title

2014
Picture Book
* Caribou Song - Tomson Highway, text; John Rombough, illus.
Middle School
* How I Became a Ghost - Tim Tingle
Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner - Tim Tingle
Young Adult
* Killer of Enemies - Joseph Bruchac
If I Ever Get Out of Here - Eric Gansworth

2012
Picture Book
* The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood - Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, text; Ellen Beier, illus.
Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light - Tim Tingle, text; Karen Clarkson, illus.
Kohala Kuamo'o: Nae’ole’s Race to Save a King - Kekauleleana’ole Kawai’ae’a, text; Aaron Kawai’ae’a, illus. (story by Walter and Luana Kawai’ae’a)
Mohala Mai ‘O Hau / How Hau Became Hau’ula - Robert Lono ‘Ikuwa, text; Matthew Kawika Ortiz, illus.
I See Me - Margaret Manuel
Middle School
* Free Throw - Jacqueline Guest
* Triple Threat - Jacqueline Guest
Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL - Melanie Florence
Awesiinyensag: Dibaajimowinan Ji-Gikinoo’amaageng - Anton Treuer et al.
Young Adult
* Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School - Adam Fortunate Eagle
Native Defenders of the Environment - Victor Schilling

2010
Picture Book
* A Coyote Solstice Tale - Thomas King, text; Gary Clement, illus.
Middle School
* Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma - Genevieve Simermeyer, text; Katherine Fogden, photographs
Young Adult
* Beyond the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel - Lurline Wailana McGregor

2008
Picture Book
* Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom - Tim Tingle, text; Jeanne Rorex Bridge, illus.
Middle School
* Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond - Joseph Medicine Crow
Young Adult
* The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie

2006
Picture Book
* Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story - Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, text; Sam Sandoval, illus.
Middle School
* The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich
Young Adult
* Hidden Roots - Joseph Bruchac





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