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2017 Américas Award Winners Announced

May 2nd, 2017

The 2017 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature winners were announced this weekend by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) at the Latin American Studies Association meeting in Lima, Peru. You can watch the short video announcement.

The award was given to Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport author and illustrator of Ada’s Violin and Alexandra Diaz, author of The Only Road.

The award-winning authors will be recognized at a ceremony held September 22, 2017, during Hispanic Heritage Month, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The awards are administered by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and coordinated by Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Generous support is also provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Utah.

Award Winners

Ada’s Violin written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016. ISBN: 978-1481-430-951

The Only Road written by Alexandra Diaz. Simon & Schuster, 2016. ISBN: 978-1481457507

Honorable Mention

Malaika’s Costume written by Nadia L. Hohn and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher. Groundwood Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1554987542

The Distance Between Us written by Reyna Grande. Aladdin, Simon & Schuster, 2016. ISBN: 978-1481463713

Commended Titles

Burn Baby Burn written by Meg Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0763674670

Juana & Lucas written by Juana Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0763672089

Lion Island written by Margarita Engle. Simon & Schuster, 2016. ISBN: 978-1481461122

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth written by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Raúl the Third. Chronicle Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1452123431

Mamá the Alien / Mamá la extraterrestre written by René Colato Laínez and illustrated by Laura Lacámara. Children’s Book Press, Lee & Low Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-0892392988

Margarito’s Forest / El Bosque de Don Margarito written by Andy Carter and illustrated by Allison Havens. Hard Ball Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0997979701

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat written by Javaka Steptoe. Hachette Book Group, 2016. ISBN: 978-0316213882

Rainbow Weaver – Tejedora del arcoirís written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri. Children’s Book Press, Lee & Low Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-0892393749

Shame the Stars written by Guadalupe García McCall. Lee & Low Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1620142783

Somos como las nubes / We are Like the Clouds written by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. Groundwood Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1554988495

The Memory of Light written by Francisco X. Stork. Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic, 2016. ISBN: 978-0545474320

The Princess and the Warrior written Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016. ISBN: 978-1419721304

The School the Aztec Eagles Built written by Dorinda Makana?nalani Nicholson. Lee & Low Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1600604409

For complete annotations of all titles recognized by the Américas Award, as well as curricular resources for previous winning titles, visit the award website. Follow the Américas Award on Facebook for current news and author highlights, and join the conversation using #AmericasAward17.

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