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Brian L. Young ’19 Receives Native American Children’s Literature Award

American Indian Library Association (AILA) recently rewarded a former Brian L. Young ’19 with the American Indian Youth Literature Award for his book Water Monster Healer (HarperCollins, 2021). The book is available for purchase here.

Founded in 1979, AILA is an action group affiliated with the American Library Association that serves the library needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members, both individuals and institutions, develop programs that enhance Indian library, cultural and information services in school, public and research libraries on reserves.

Created in 2006 within the framework of AILA, the Native American Children’s Literature Award identifies and honors the best writings and illustrations of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. In odd years, nominations are encouraged in fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and picture books. Award recipients are announced in even-numbered years. Categories include Best Picture Book, Best Middle Level Book, Best Young Adult Book, and Honors.

young people Water Monster Healer was announced as the 2022 Best Intermediate Book Winner.


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