Monday, January 14, 2008

2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award







The American Library Association announced its awards today. Affiliated with the ALA is the
American Indian Library Association. They, too, announced their awards today.

Picture book...
Tim Tingle's Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw tale of Friendship, published by Cinco Puntos Press, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridge.

Middle School...
Joseph Medicine Crow's Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond, published by National Geographic

Young Adult...
Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, published by Little Brown, art by Ellen Forney

These are TERRIFIC books, and I hope that every school and public library in the United States and Canada order multiple copies right away. And if you're not bound by specific agreements to buy books from a jobber, please order them from Oyate.

Congratulations to the all those involved in bringing these wonderful books to us!

5 comments:

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

I want to congratulate the winners, and let event planners know that Tim Tingle came into children's literature from the storyteller community and is a great speaker. We're both from central Texas, and I've heard him at Texas Book Festival and other events. It also may be useful to note that Tim's published work includes the acclaimed Walking the Choctaw Road, which is targeted at young adults.

Brian Mandabach said...

Thanks for spreading the word on these books!

Nina said...

Fabulous choices and fabulous books. Thanks so much for posting these awards.

bookbk said...

It's great to hear about these awards! Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

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