American Indians in Children’s Literature

primary purpose of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) is to help you know who we are. Knowing who we are can help you understand why we strenuously object to being misrepresented.

American Indian Youth Literature Award

The first AILA American Indian Youth Literature Awards were presented during the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2006. Awarded biennially, the AIYLA 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. In odd-numbered years, nominations are encouraged in fiction or nonfiction and may include graphic novels; for picture books, the award is for both author and illustrator. Awards are granted in even-numbered years. Authors/illustrators may win the American Indian Youth Literature Award in the categories Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade Book, and Best Young Adult Book. In addition, up to five awards may be selected as Honors books in each category.

Inhabit Media Educator’s PageSLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway)

Inhabit Media works hard to preserve and promote the voices, stories and culture of Inuit and the Arctic. Recently we have begun developing educational resource packages for our books to assist educators interested in incorporating these titles into their classrooms. NOTE: If you would like to work with us in developing teacher-tested resources, please contact Inhabit Media at [email protected].

Tuzzy Consortium Library Catalog

The Tuzzy Consortium Library is named in honor of the late Evelyn Tuzroyluk Higbee and serves students, faculty, staff and the public throughout the North Slope. As a college library, the collection is developed in support of the mission of Iḷisaġvik College with an emphasis on information relating to the Arctic, polar regions, the North Slope, and Iñupiat history, language, and culture.