1994 Américas Award


Vejigante Masquerader by Lulu Delacre (Scholastic, 1993)

Ramón lives in Ponce, a town in Puerto Rico, where a month-long festival called Carnival is celebrated every year in February. People dress up in bright costumes with papier-mâché masks resembling devilish animals, and hold vejigas, colorfully painted balloon-like cow bladders. The people who hold the vejigas…
Author Website
American History Reading Guide: A Puerto Rican Carnival
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Commended Titles

Abuela’s Weave by Omar Castañeda and illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez (Lee and Low, 1993).

Celebrating the Hero by Lyll Becerra de Jenkins (Lodestar Books, 1993).

For the Life of Laetitia by Merle Hodge (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1993).

The Little Painter of Sabana Grande by Patricia Maloney Markun and illustrated by Robert Casilla (Bradbury, 1993).

Radio Man by Arthur Dorros and translated by Sandra Marulando Dorros (HarperCollins, 1993).

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