Librarians, educators, child care providers and parents already know that picture books are effective tools to convey vivid messages and elicit responses from children. Culturally authentic literature help us engage children in a culturally sentsitive and competent way.
Established in 1993.
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.
The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and currently hosted at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
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 is honored every year at a ceremony in September at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- Established in 1996. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.
- The Pura Belpré Award, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
- It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.
- It was given as a biennial award from 1996 through 2008.
- Established in 1995 and named in honor of Dr. Tomas Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University, College of Education.
- The Tomas Rivera Award is given annually to honor the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for children and young adults that authentically reflects the lives and experiences of Mexican Americans in the United States.
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