Children learn through stories

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.  Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. We welcome all ethnicities to customize Talk Story as needed for your community family literacy needs.

Find a book

The APALA and AILA Children's Literature Bibliographies are your "go to" sources for quality books about the American Indian/Alaskan Native and Asian Pacific American experiences.

American Indian / Alaskan Native Book List

Asian Pacific American Book List

News & Press Releases

Press Release: The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Announce the Winners of the 2014 Talk Story Grant

June 16, 2014

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2014 Talk Story Grant

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), supported by Toyota Financial Services, are pleased to award a $600 grant to each of the following 10 libraries and community organizations to host Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture programming. The winning libraries and community organizations are:

Toyota Financial Services Continues Sponsorship of AILA/APALA’s Talk Story Project for 2014

November 1, 2013

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Announce Continued Sponsor, Toyota Financial Services.

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are pleased to announce their continued sponsorship from Toyota Financial Services. Toyota Financial Services will sponsor the Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture program by providing funding for the third year for mini-grants that will be awarded in early 2014.