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Américas Book Award
for Children's and Young Adult Literature

The Americas Award Seal

As of the 2012 Américas Award competition, co-coordinators of the award are Claire Gonzalez, Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University and Denise Woltering-Vargas, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University. The latest information on the Américas Award can now be found at:

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 book will be honored at a ceremony on September 17, 2011 at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Arrow 2012 Américas Award competition - print (pdf-95kb)
Arrow 2011 Américas Award announced - Powerpoint (ppt - 9.91mb)
Arrow 2011 Américas Award announced - print (pdf-35kb)
Arrow Past Winners and Other Resources

Arrow Standards-Based Online Curriculum for Américas Award Books

Webcasts: Américas Award Presentations, Library of Congress

Arrow webcast 9-17-2011
    Pam Muñoz Ryan, Bryan Collier, Willie Perdomo
Arrow webcast: 10-23-2010
    Julia Alvarez, Magaly Morales, Carmen Tafolla
Arrow webcast: 10-17-2009
    John Y. Cole, Yuyi Morales, Margarita Engle
Arrow webcast: 10-4-2008
    Pat Mora, Rafael López, Laura Resau
Arrow webcast: 10-6-2007
    Margarita Engle, Sean Qualls, Jennifer Elvgren, Nicole Tadgell
Arrow webcast: 9-16-2006
    Juan Felipe Herrera
Arrow webcast: 10-1-2005
    Monica Brown, Rafael López, Benjamin Sáenz
Arrow webcast: 9-24-2004
    Yuyi Morales, Judith Ortiz Cofer

Summer 2011 online course:

Arrow Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage

Now available:
Gold seals for the winners of the Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature

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