1996 Américas Award


Tonight, by Sea by Frances Temple (Orchard, 1995)

Seek life. Chache Lavi. That’s what Paulie’s uncle says they must do. But to seek life, Paulie and her family have to leave Haiti-the only home that Paulie has ever known. Since forever, Paulie has run in and out of the little houses nestled under the palms, smelling cocoa-bread and playing on the beach with her best friend Karyl. But now the little houses are gone. Their wood
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Honorable Mentions

An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Judith Ortiz Cofer (Orchard Books, 1995).

Chato’s Kitchen by Gay Soto and illustrated by Susan Guevara (G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1995).

Heart of a Jaguar by Marc Talbert (Simon and Schuster, 1995).

Commended Titles

Calling the Doves / El canto de las palomas by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrated by Elly Simmons (Children’s Book Press, 1995).

Canto Familiar by Gary Soto and illustrated by Annika Nelson (Harcourt Brace, 1995).

A Caribbean Dozen: Poems from Caribbean Poets by edited by John Agard and Grace Nichols, illustrated by Cathie Felstead (Candlewick Press, 1994).

Carlos, Light the Farolito by Jeanne Ciavonne and illustrated by Donna Claire (Clarion, 1995).

The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Simon and Schuster, 1995).

The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya and illustrated by Edward Gonzales (Hyperion Books for Children, 1995).

Fernando’s Gift / El regalo de Fernando by Douglas Keister (Sierra Club Boks for  Children, 1995).

Fiesta U.S.A. by George Ancona (Lodestar, 1995).

The Gullywasher by Joyce Rossi (Northland Publishing, 1995).

Hi by Ann Herbert Scott and illustrated by Glo Coalson (Philomel, 1994).

How Iwariwa the Cayman Learned to Share: A Yanomami Myth retold and illustrated by George Crespo (Clarion, 1995).

Indio by Sherry Garland (Harcourt Brace, 1995).

Isla / La isla by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by Elisa Kleven (Dutton, 1995).

Juan Bobo and the Horse of Seven Colors: A Puerto Rican Legend retold by Jan Mike and illustrated by Charles Reasoner (Troll Associates, 1995).

The Magic Feather: A Jamaican Legend by Lisa Rojany and illustrated by Philip Kuzniki (Troll Associates, 1995).

Mediopollito / Half-Chicken by Alma Flor Ada and illustrated by Kim Howard (Doubleday, 1995).

My First Book of Proverbs / Mi primer libro de dichos by Ralfka Gonzalez and Ana Ruiz (Children’s Book Press).

Pedro Fools the Gringo, and Other Tales of a Latin American Trickster by Maria Cristina Brusca and Tona Wilson, with illustrations by Maria Cristina Brusca (Henry Holt, 1995).

People of Corn: A Mayan Story retold by Mary-Joan Gerson with pictures by Carla Golembe (Little, Brown, and Co., 1995).

Rabbit Wishes by Linda Shute (Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard, 1995).

Saturday Sancocho by Leyla Torres (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1995).

The Secret of Two Brothers by Irene Beltran Hernandez (Piñata Books, 1995).

The Song of El Coqui: And Other Tales of Puerto Rico by Nicholasa Mohr and Antonio Martorell (Viking, 1995).

The Spirit of Tío Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story by Janice Levy and illustrated by Morella Fuenmayer (Albert Whitman and Company, 1995).

The Stowaway: A Tale of California Pirates by Kristiana Gregory (Scholastic, 1995).

Summer on Wheels by Gary Soto (Scholastic, 1995).

A Sunburned Prayer by Marc Talbert (Simon and Schuster, 1995).

Sweet Fifteen by Diane Gonzales (Arte Público Press, 1995)

The Tangerine Tree by Regina Hanson and illustrated by Harvey Stevenson (Clarion, 1995).

The Tortilla Factory / La tortilleria by Gary Paulsen with paintings by Ruth Wright Paulsen (Harcourt Brace, 1995).

The Tree is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists selected by Naomi Shihab Nye (Simon and Schuster, 1995).

When Jaguars Ate the Moon and Other Stories About Animals and Plants of the Americas by Maria Cristina Brusca and Tona Wilson, and illustrated by Maria Cristina Brusca (Henry Holt, 1995).

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