Fowler Families: Birdsong and the American Indian Library Association (AILA)

Birdsong by Julie Flett
Reading level: 3–8 years
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Greystone Books, 2019
A brief glossary and pronunciation guide to Cree-Métis words that appear in the text is provided on the copyright page.

Birdsong… [is] a book about the intergenerational friendship between two neighbors, an older artist named Agnes and the young girl Katherena, told from a child’s point of view. Agnes sees the child as an equal. These are the relationships that are very familiar to me. Birdsong really honors the makers and artists from my childhood.”—Julie Flett

Birdsong by Julie Flett (Cree-Métis) is the winner of the 2020 AILA American Indian Youth Literature Awards (AIYLA). Presented biennially, this award identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award show Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity.

Click here to check out the list of winning titles—including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and picture books—for grades K-12.

Founded in 1979, the AILA 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. AILA is also committed to disseminating information about Indian cultures, languages, and values to the library community. AILA co-sponsors an annual conference and holds a yearly business meeting in conjunction with the American Library Association’s annual meeting. It publishes the American Indian Libraries Newsletter twice a year.



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