MARCH 28TH, 2011

2011 Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP)

March 28, 2011

2011 Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

The Américas 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 2011) during Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

2011 Americas Award Winners
Clemente! by Willie Perdomo. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. Holt, 2010 32 pgs. ISBN 978-0•8050-8224-1.
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Illustrated by Peter Sis. Scholastic, 2010. 372 pgs. 978-0•439-26970-4.

Americas Award Honorable Mention
The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle. Holt, 2010. 151 pgs. ISBN 978-0-8050-9082-6.

Americas Award Commended Titles
Arroz con Leche / Rice Pudding: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem by Jorge Argueta. Illustrated by Fernando Vilela. Groundwood, 2010. 32 pgs. ISBN 978-0-88899-981-8.
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter. Beach Lane, 2010. 32 pgs. ISBN 978-1-4169-9778-8.
César Chávez: A Photographic Essay by Ilan Stavans. Cinco Puntos, 2010. 90 pgs. ISBN 978-1-933693-22-4
Dear Primo by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2010. 32 pgs. ISBN 978-0-8109-3872-4.
Dizzy in your Eyes: Poems about Love by Pat Mora. Knopf, 2010. 168 pgs. ISBN 978-0•375-84375-4.
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat. Illustrated by Alix Delinois. Orchard, 2010. 28 pgs. ISBN 978-0-545-27849-2.
Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla. Illustrated by Amy Córdova. Tricycle, 2010. 20 pgs. ISBN 978-1-58246-319-3.
From North to South / Del norte al Sur by René Colato Laínez. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Children’s Book Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-89239-231-5.
Grandma’s Gift by Eric Velasquez. Bloomsbury, 2010. 32 pgs. ISBN 978-0-8027-2082-5.
How Tia Lola Learned to Teach by Julia Alvarez. Knopf, 2010. 135 pgs. ISBN 978-0-375•86460-5.
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork. Scholastic, 2010. 344 pgs. ISBN 978-0-545-15133-7.
Me, Frida by Amy Novesky. Illustrated by David Diaz. Abrams, 2010. 32 pgs. ISBN 978-0•8109-8969-6.
Napi funda un pueblo / Napi Makes a Village by Antonio Ramirez. Illustrated by Domi. Groundwood, 2010. 48 pgs. ISBN 978-0-88899-965-8.
Ole! Flamenco by George Ancona. Lee & Low, 2010. 48 pgs. ISBN 9778-1-60060-361-7
Star in the Forest by Laura Resau. Delacorte, 2010. 149 pgs. ISBN 978-0-385-73792-0.

Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Review Committee
  • Hope Crandall (Washington Elementary School, OR)
  • Ruth E. Quiroa (National-Louis University, IL)
  • Hollis Rudiger (Madison West High School, WI)
  • Elena Serapiglia, chairperson (Amity Regional High School, CT)
  • Denise Woltering (Tulane University, LA)

Award Coordinator
Julie Kline
CLASP Committee on Teaching and Outreach
c/o The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
(414) 229-5986 phone; (414) 229-2879 fax