Oct 09 2013
The Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and co-coordinated by Vanderbilt CLAS and Tulane SCLAS. Up to two awards are given each year to authors who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the U.S. and provide teachers with recommendations for K–12 classroom use. Americas Award winning books are judged for their distinctive literary quality, cultural contextualization, exceptional integration of text, illustration and design, and potential for classroom use.
Each year, the award is presented at the Library of Congress during Hispanic Heritage Month; this year’s ceremony took place on Monday, September 23. As part of CLAS’s regional outreach initiative, Vanderbilt partnered with Georgetown University and Tulane to offer a teacher workshop entitled “Exploring Latino and Latin American Children’s Literature in the K–12 Classroom” for teachers in the Washington, D.C. area.
2013 Americas Award
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
Martin de Porres: the Rose in the Desert by Gary Schmidt and David Diaz
In Darkness by Nick Lake; Drummer Boy of John John by Mark Greenwood, illustrations by Frane Lessac; Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz