Américas Award

CLASP founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx cultures in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. CLASP offers up to two annual book awards, together with a commended list of titles.

Download the Américas Award Toolkit here!
Purchase award seals for your books here.

Contact the Américas Award Coordinators

Katrina Dillon, University of Arizona
Cynthia Garza, Tulane University

The 2024 Américas Award Winners and Honor Books have been announced!

2024 Award Winners
Mexikid written and illustrated by Pedro Martín. Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House), 2023

Saints of the Household written by Ari Tison. Farrar, Straus, Giroux (Macmillan Publishers), 2023

2024 Honor Books
9 Kilometers/9 kilómetros written by Claudio Aguilera, illustrated by Gabriela Lyon, and translated by Lawrence Schimel. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2023

Brighter than the Sun written by Daniel Aleman. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group), 2023

Hispanic Star: Sylvia Rivera/ Hispanic Star en español: Sylvia Rivera written by Claudia Romo Edelman and J. Gia Loving and illustrated by Cheyne Gallarde. Roaring Brook Press, 2023

Spanish is the Language of My Family/ El español es la lengua de mi familia written by Michael Genhart and illustrated by John Parra. Neal Porter Books (Holiday House), 2023

Check out the full list of commended titles here. (Coming Soon!)

Watch the 2024 Winners Announcement featuring our special young announcers! (Coming Soon)

2024 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 the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies. Generous support is also provided by Florida International University, Michigan State University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Vanderbilt University.