1997 Américas Award


In My Family/En mi familia by Carmen Lomas Garza (Children’s Book Press, 1996)

Without the cut-paper accent images but otherwise in the same format as her first book, Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia (1990), Lomas Garza uses her narrative paintings to relate her memories of growing up in Kingsville, Texas, near the Mexican border, and to reflect her pride in her Mexican American heritage...
Author Website
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Parrot in the Oven by Victor Martínez (HarperCollins, 1996)

Dad believed people were like money. You could be a thousand-dollar person or a hundred-dollar person — even a ten-, five-, or one-dollar person. Below that, everybody was just nickels and dimes. To my dad, we were pennies.  Fourteen-year-old Manny Hernandez wants to be more than just a penny...
KNME PBS Author Interview
San Francisco Chronicle: Remembering Author Victor Martinez
The Rumpus: Victor Martinez, Chicano Poet/Author
Urban Dreams Lesson Plan
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Honorable Mentions

Down by the River: Afro-Caribbean Rhymes, Games and Songs for Children compiled by Grace Hallworth and illustrated by Caroline Birch (Scholastic, 1996).

So Loud a Silence by Lyll Becerra de Jenkins (Lodestar, 1996).

Commended Titles

Alphabet City Ballet by Erika Tamar (HarperCollins, 1996).

Anthony Reynosos: Born to Rope by Martha Cooper and Ginger Gordon (Clarion, 1996).

Barrio Streets Carnival Dreams edited by Lori Marie Carlson (Henry Holt, 1996).

A Bear for Miguel by Elaine Marie Alphin and illustrated by Joan Sandin (HarperCollins, 1996).

The Big Idea by Ellen Schecter and illustrated by Bob Dorsey (Hyperion, 1996).

La Boda by Nancy Van Laan and illustrated by Andrea Arroyo (Little, Brown, 1996).

A Caribbean Counting Book compiled by Faustin Charles and illustrated by Roberto Arenson (Houghton Mifflin, 1996).

Chave’s Memories / Los recuerdos de Chave by María Isabel Delgado and illustrated by Yvonne Symank (Art Público, 1996).

Confetti: Poems for Children by Pat Mora and illustrated by Enrique O. Sánchez (Lee and Low, 1996).

Darkfright by Holly Young Huth and illustrated by Jenny Stow (Atheneum, 1996).

Elena by Diane Stanley (Hyperion, 1996).

Firefly Summer by Pura Belpré (Arte Público Press, 1996).

The Garden of Happiness by Erika Tamar and illustrated by Barbara Lambase (Harcourt Brace, 1996).

Going Home by Eve Bunting and illustrated by David Diaz (HarperCollins, 1996).

The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico by Nina Jaffe and illustrated y Enrique O. Sánchez (Simon and Schuster, 1996).

Golden Tales: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America / De oro y esmeraldas: mitos, leyendas, y cuentos populares de latino america by Lulu Delacre (Scholastic, 1996).

Good News! by Sarita Chávez Silverman and illustrated by Melinda Levine (Hampton-Brown, 1996).

Hooray, a Piñata! by Elisa Kleven (Dutton, 1996).

In Rosa’s Mexico by Campbell Geeslin and illustrated by Andrea Arroyo (Knopf, 1996).

Jade and Iron: Latin American Tales from Two Cultures edited by Patricia Aldana, translated by Hugh Hazelton, and illustrated by Luis Garay (Groundwood/Dougle and McIntyre, Ltd, 1996).

Jalapeño Bagels by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Robert Casilla (Atheneum, 1996).

Josefina by Jeanette Winter (Harcourt Brace, 1996).

Journey of the Nightly Jaguar by Burton Albert and illustrated by Robert Roth (Atheneum, 1996).

The Magic Maguey by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Elisa Kleven (Harcourt Brace, 1996).

Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by David Frampton (Houghton Mifflin, 1996).

My Mexico / México Mio by Tony Johnston and illustrated by F. John Sierra (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1996).

Nina Bonita by Ana Maria Machado, illustrated by Rosana Faría, and translated by Elena Iribarren (Kane/Miller, 1996).

Old Letivia and the Mountain of Sorrows by Nicholasa Mohr and illustrated by Rudy Gutiérrez (Viking, 1996).

The Old Man and His Door by Gary Soto and illustrated by Joe Cepeda (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1996).

Pascual’s Magic Pictures by Amy Glaser Gage and illustrated by Karen Dugan (Carolrhoda, 1996).

Prietita and the Ghost Woman / Prietita y la llorona by Gloria Anzaldúa and illustrated by Christina González (Children’s Book Press, 1996).

Running the Road to ABC by Denizé Lauture and illustrated by Reynold Ruffins (Simon and Schuster, 1996).

Sweet, Sweet Fig Banana by Phillis Gershator and illustrated by Fritz Millevoix (Albert Whitman, 1996).

Tonio’s Cat by Mary Calhoun and illustrated by Edward Martánez (Morrow, 1996).

Toussaint L’ouverture: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom by Walter Dean Meyers with paintings by Jacob Lawrence (Simon and Schuster, 1996).

Uncle Snake by Matthew Gollub and illustrated by Leovigildo Martínez (Tambourine, 1996).

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