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American Indian Youth Literature Award, 2012 - Honourable Mention


I See Me 2012, Winner of American Indian Youth Literature Awards

Margaret Manuel's book, I See Me, has won a 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) Honourable Mention in the Picture Book category.

The (AIYLA’s) were created to identify and honour the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians, Alaska Natives, Canadian First Nations and Native Hawaiians. The winning titles authentically convey the past and present of the American Indian experience. The awards are given in three categories—Picture Book, Middle School and Young Adult.

‘I See Me’ was selected as Honour Books in the Picture Book category.

“We hope that these awards will raise the visibility of quality works by American Indian authors and artists,” said AILA President Sandy Littletree, “These awards help librarians, teachers and parents select quality books by and about Native people, titles that are accurate, non-stereotypical and honor the fullness of Native lives."

An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Indian Library Association is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members are individuals and institutions interested in the development of programs to improve Indian library, cultural, and informational services in school, public and research libraries on reservations.

Margaret Manuel was born in Kamloops, B.C. and was raised in Merritt, British Columbia. She is of Okanagan and Shuswap ancestry. From an early age she was taught to remember who she is and where she comes from. Along with her siblings she was taught the Okanagan language, while she is still not fluent she continues to struggle with her grasp of her traditional language. It is with this fight to retain the little that she knows and her willingness to keep the flame burning that she continues her journey toward fluency in her native tongue. Being a mother of two, she also thrives to teach and encourage her children to follow in her footsteps. I See Me is Margaret’s first book. A sequel to ‘I See Me’ is planned to be released in late 2012.

To learn more about the American Indian Youth Literature Awards, please visit http://www.ailanet.org/activities/youthlitaward.htm.