2014 Américas Award Weekend

CLASP is pleased to present a series of events to celebrate the 2014 Américas Award winner, Parrots over Puerto Rico. The events feature a K-12 teacher workshop using books recognized in this year’s award competition, the awards ceremony, and an exhibit of artwork from this year’s winner.

The K-12 teacher workshop, Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books, will be held at Busboy’s and Poets in Washington, D.C. on October 3rd. The workshop will feature the author of this year’s Honorable Mention book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Duncan Tonatiuh, and the author of Commended Title Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass, Meg Medina. Both authors will be in attendance to work with teachers on activities and strategies to best engage young readers with the complexity of immigration as it relates to family, education, and identity. For more information or to register for the workshop please visit the event page.

The Américas Award Ceremony will take place from 3:00-5:00 PM on October 3rd at the Pickford Theater in the Library of Congress. Attendees of the teacher workshop will have plenty of time to make their way over to the ceremony! The ceremony will celebrate Parrots over Puerto Rico and authors Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. Both authors will be in attendance. If you plan on attending, please RSVP directly to the Library of Congress (specialevents@loc.gov).

This year CLASP is particularly excited to announce that the original artwork for Parrots Over Puerto Rico, by Susan Roth, will be on exhibit at the Library of Congress. The Young Readers Center is a public space in the Library of Congress. During the months of October and November visitors to the space will be able to see Roth’s beautiful artwork. Roth creates cloth collages, which are then photographed and used to illustrate her books.