OCTOBER 18TH, 2019

CLASP Brings the Américas Award to the Capitol for 2019 Award Ceremony

On September 27th, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs held the 2019 Américas Award Ceremony & Workshop at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. CLASP founded the Américas Award in 1993 to honor authors, illustrators and publishers who produce children’s and young adult books that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. The Award is also meant to provide teachers with quality recommendations for classroom use.

This year’s event celebrated two Américas Award Winners: Islandborn by Junot Diaz and illustrated by Leo Espinosa (Dial Books, 2018) and Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books, 2018). Two Honor Books were also recognized: Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour and illustrated by Ken Daley (Groundwood Books, 2018), and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperCollins, 2018).

The program began with a reading of Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by author Francie Latour, which was followed by the official Américas Awards Ceremony. After receiving his award, Duncan Tonatiuh held a workshop where he shared his insights on storytelling and illustration. Through narrative and artistic reinterpretation of ancient Mixtec codices, Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight brings to life the story of Juan and the many other undocumented workers in America who work hard and make a positive contribution to society. Using this work as inspiration, Tonatiuh guided participants in creating visual reflections of their own life experiences. There were 75 participants at the award ceremony and approximately 50 at the makerspace.

2019 Américas Award Sponsors
The awards are administered by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and coordinated by both Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies. Generous support is also provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, The Ohio State University, UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.