The Americas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
The award winners and commended titles are selected for their 1)distinctive literary quality; 2) cultural contextualization; 3)exceptional integration of text, illustration and design; and 4)potential for classroom use. The winning books will be honored at a ceremony (fall 2010) during Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
___2010 Americas Award Winners___
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez. Knopf, 2009. 318 pgs. ISBN978-0-375-85838-3.
What Can You Do with a Paleta? /Qu puedes hacer con una paleta? By Carmen Tafolla, Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Tricycle Press, 2009. 36 pgs. ISBN 978-1-58246-289-9.
___Americas Award Honorable Mentions___
Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Curbstone, 2009. 280 pgs. ISBN 978-1-931896-49-8.
I Know the River Loves Me / Yo s? que el r?o me ama by Maya Christina Gonz?lez. Children’s Book Press, 2009. 24 pgs. ISBN 978-0-89239-233-9.
My Papa Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art / Mi papa Diego y yo: Recuerdos de mi padre y su arte by Guadalupe Rivera Mar?n and Diego Rivera. Children’s Book Press, 2009. 32 pgs. ISBN
The full commended list can be found at: