2018 AILA Youth Literature Awards

The winners of the 2018 American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Awards have been announced:


Baby Raven Reads -

Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade, and edited by Tlingit speakers Johnny Marks, Hans Chester, David Katzeek, and Nora Dauenhauer and Tlingit linguist Richard Dauenhauer


Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, volume 1
#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women
#Not Your Princess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
All Around Us

All Around Us by Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia

Black Bear Red Fox

Black Bear Red Fox by Julie Flett

Fall in Line, Holden

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. Vandever

I'm Dreaming Of...Animals of the Native Northwest

I’m Dreaming of…Animals of the Native Northwest by Melaney Gleeson-Lyall, illustrated by First Nations artists

Mission to Space

Mission to Space by John Herrington


The Wool of Jonesy

The Wool of Jonesy, Part 1 by Jonathan Nelson


Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology edited by Hope Nicholson

The Marrow Thieves

Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Fire Starters

Fire Starters by Jen Storm, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson and colorist Donovan Yaciuk

2 New Books to Love

I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni

I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Ashley Bryan (9781534404922)

This collection of poetry by Giovanni shows the many ways that love shines in our lives. Selected by Ashley Bryan, the poems move from family love to love between friends to more playful poems about dancing or cats. The poems form a cohesive collection, just long enough to work well for young children and not too much to overwhelm. The illustrations by Bryan glow almost like lit stained glass windows with their rich colors and segmented pieces. The entire book has a warmth to it that embraces and enchants. Appropriate for ages 6-9. (Reviewed from copy provided by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.)

Love by Matt de la Pena

Love by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Loren Long (9781524740917)

A marvelous pairing of the skill of an author with an illustrator working in a new medium, this picture book is all about love as the title states. De la Pena speaks about love in a way that shows how it surrounds us each and every day, in music on the radio, train whistles, the color of the sky. Small moments are captured in his poem, celebrating the little things that make life beautiful and the people who make them special. Long then takes those words and brings them fully alive with his illustrations done with monotype printmaking. The colors and figures are amazing and still it is the play of light in each image that draws the eye making these illustrations exceptional. Readers are guaranteed to fall for Love. Appropriate for ages 3-6. (Reviewed from ARC provided by Penguin Young Readers Group.)