1999 Américas Award


Barrio: José’s Neighborhood by George Ancona (Harcourt Brace, 1998)

Through text and photographs, Ancona takes readers on a tour of Jose’s mostly Latino community known as El barrio and introduces them to various shops and foods as well as to the many customs that are part of his daily life. Celebrations including Carnaval, Day of the Dead, Halloween, and the boy’s birthday party are described. Some difficult issues are...
Author Website
Scholastic Interview with Author George Ancona (w/ Student Interviews)
Video Interview with Author George Ancona
BCUDL Reading Lesson for Then and Now
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Mama and Papa Have a Store by Amelia Lau Carling (Dial, 1998)

From the clip, clop of the milkman’s mule in early morning to the clic, clac of her father’s abacus at night, a young girl tells about a day in her family’s store and home in Guatemala City. Every day customers of many heritages–speaking Spanish, Chinese, and Mayan–come to buy cloth, buttons, and thread in colors like parrot green and mango yellow, and dozens of other items. While the girl’s parents and their friends talk about their hometown in China...
Paper Tigers Author Interview
Américas Award Curriculum Guide
Read the book online through the International Children’s Digital Library

Honorable Mentions

Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Simon and Schuster, 1998).

Commended Titles

Big Bushy Mustache by Gary Soto and illustrated by Joe Cepeda (Knopf, 1998).

Big Moon Tortilla by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Dyanne Strongbow (Boyds Mill, 1998).

Caribbean Dream by Rachel Isadora (Putnam, 1998).

The Crab Man / El hombre de los cangrejos by Patricia E. Van West and illustrated by Cedric Lucas (Turtle Books, 1998).

Doctor Bird: Three Lookin’ Up Tales from Jamaica by Gerald Hausman and Ashley Wolff (Philomel, 1998).

Fiesta Fireworks by George Ancona (Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard, 1998).

From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna y otras poemas de verano by Francisco X. Alarcón and illustrated by Maya Christina González (Children’s Book Press, 1998).

A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead / Un regalo para abuelita: En celebración del día de los muertos by Nancy Luenn and illustrated by Robert Chapman (Rising Moon, 1998).

Greetings, Sun by Phillis and David Gershator and illustrated by Synthia Saint James (DK Ink, 1998).

Liliana’s Grandmothers by Leyla Torres (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998).

Lolo and Red-Legs by Kirk Reeve (Rising Moon, 1998).

The Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina by Nancy Van Laan and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal (Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

La Mariposa by Francisco Jiménez and illustrated by Simón Silva (Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our Sisterhood by Veronica Chambers (Hyperion, 1998).

Momentos Mágicos: Tales from Latin America Told in English and Spanish by Olga Loya (August House, 1998).

Petty Crimes by Gary Soto (Harcourt Brace, 1998).

The Secret Stars by Joseph Slate and illustrated by Felipe Dávalos (Cavendish, 1998).

Tío Armando by Florence Parry Heida and Roxanne Heide Pierce and illustrated by Ann Grifalconi (Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard, 1998).

Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba by Alma Flor Ada (Atheneum, 1998).

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