Local artist's illustrations win American Indian Youth Literature award


February 6, 2020

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

Janine Gibbons poses with the Baby Raven Reads book "Raven Makes the Aleutians," which she illustrated. The two other books she illustrated for Baby Raven Reads, "The Woman Who Married the Bear" and "The Woman Carried Away by Killer Whales," are displayed before her.

Sealaska Heritage Institute's book "Raven Makes the Aleutians" was awarded a picture book honor award from the American Indian Library Association. The illustrations in the book were done by local artist Janine Gibbons.

The story was adapted for children from the works of the late Nora and Dick Dauenhauer, who transcribed it from Tlingit Elders Susie James' and Robert Zuboff's oral accounts.

The book was published in 2018 as part of the Baby Raven Reads series. The books promote literacy to native children five-years-old and younger, through complex and engaging native stories.

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