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New Year Brings New Awards for Crossing Bok Chitto!
New Year Brings New Awards for <i>Crossing Bok Chitto</i>! January 13, 2008
--Cinco Puntos Press

January 13, 2008

PHILADEPHIA - The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the recipients of its American Indian Youth Literature Award. This new literary award was created as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award present Native Americans in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.

The award is presented in each of three categories-picture book, middle school, and young adult-and each winner receives $500 and a custom-made beaded medallion, which will be presented at a ticketed event during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. See the AILA web site for more detailed information about the books, authors and award event. see the AILA web site

"We are grateful to have this opportunity to honor authors and illustrators who best portray Native American culture for young readers, Naomi Caldwell, Chair, AILA American Indian Youth Literature Award committee. We celebrate the official recognition American Indian literature for youth. "

Picture Book

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom
by Tim Tingle, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridge.

A beautifully inspired story of a friendship between Martha Tom, a Choctaw girl and Li' Mo, a slave boy and how their relationship brought wholeness and freedom to Mo's family and also to many slaves. Bridge's illustrations enhance the story by resonating the joy of friendship, the light of faith, and the leadership of children.

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