1998 Américas Award


The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez (University of New Mexico Press, 1997)

“‘La frontera’…I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papa and Mama told me and Roberto, my older brother, that someday we would take a long trip north, cross la frontera, enter California, and leave our poverty behind.” So begins this honest and powerful account of a family’s journey to the fields of California — to a life of constant moving, from strawberry fields to cotton fields, from...
See above for Breaking Through, sequel to The Circuit
Teaching Multicultural Literature: The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
Teaching Books Meet the Author Program (Mini Documentary)
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

The Face at the Window by Regina Hanson; illustrated by Linda Saport (Clarion, 1997)

Miss Nella has strange and scary ways, and Dora is ready to believe her friends when they say that something bad happens to anyone who sees Miss Nella’s face. A glimpse of Miss Nella at her window sets in motion this compassionate, evocatively illustrated story...
Author Website
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Honorable Mentions

Fruits: A Caribbean Counting Poem by Valerie Bloom and illustrated by David Axtell (Henry Holt, 1997).

Mayeros: A Yucatec Maya Family by George Ancona (William Morrow, 1997).

Commended Titles

Angela Weaves a Dream by Michéle Solá with photographs by Jeffrey Jay Foxx (Hyperion, 1997).

Baseball in the Barrio by Henry Horenstein (Gulliver/Harcourt Brace, 1997).

Birthday Swap / ¡Qué sorpresa de cumpleaños! by Loretta López (Lee and Low, 1997).

Buried Onions by Gary Soto (Harcourt Brace, 1997).

Butterfly Boy by Virginia Kroll and illustrated by Gerardo Suzán (Boyds Mills, 1997).

Carlos and the Skunk / Carlos y el zorillo by Jan Romero Stevens and illustrated by Jeanne Arnold (Rising Moon, 1997).

Celebrate in Central America by Joe Viesti and Diane Hall with photographs by Joe Viesti (Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard, 1997).

Cocoa Ice by Diana Appelbaum and illustrated by Holly Meade (Orchard, 1997).

La Cucaracha Martina: A Caribbean Folktale / La cucaracha martina: Un cuento folklórico del caribe by Daniel Moretón (Turtle, 1997).

Cuckoo / Cucu by Lois Ehlert and translated by Gloria de Aragón Adújar (Harcourt Brace, 1997).

Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston and Jeanette Winter (Harcourt Brace, 1997).

Dear Abuelita / Querida abuelita by Sofía Meza Keanne and illustrated by Enrique O. Sánchez (Rigby, 1997).

Diez deditos / Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America by Jose Luis Orozco and illustrated by Elisa Kleven (Dutton, 1997).

From Father to Son / De padre a hijo by Patricia Almada with photographs by Marianno de López (Rigby, 1997).

Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada and illustrated by Simón Silva (Lothrop, 1997).

Grannie Jus’ Come by Ana Sisnett and illustrated by Karen Lusebrink (Children’s Book Press, 1997).

I Am Of Two Places / Soy de dos lugares edited by Mary Carden and Mary Cappellini and illustrated by Christina González (Rigby, 1997).

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera by Francisco X. Alarcón and illustrated by Maya Christina González (Children’s Book Press, 1997).

A Little Salmon for Witness: A Story from Trinidad by Vashanti Rahaman and illustrated by Sandra Speidel (Lodestar, 1997).

The Lizard and the Sun / La lagartija y el sol by Alma Flor Ada and illustrated by Felipe Dávalos (Doubleday Dell, 1997).

Mexico’s Marvelous Corn / El maravilloso maíz de México by Margarita González-Jensen (Rigby, 1997).

Novio Boy by Gary Soto (Harcourt Brace, 1997).

Pedrito’s Day by Luis Garay (Orchard, 1997).

Señor Cat’s Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America by Lucía M. González and illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Scholastic, 1997).

Spirits of the High Mesa by Floyd Martínez (Arte Público, 1997).

The Story of Doña Chila / El cuento de la doña Chila by Mary Capellinni and illustrated by Gershom Griffith (Rigby, 1997).

Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raúl Colón (Knopf, 1997).

Where Fireflies Dance / Ahí, dónde bailan las luciernagas by Lucha Corpi and illustrated by Mira Reisberg (Children’s Book Press, 1997).

White Bread Competition by Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández (Piñata Books, 1997).

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