2001 Américas Award


The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph (HarperCollins, 2000)

Ana Rosa is a blossoming young writer growing up in a poor seaside village in the Dominican Republic. At twelve, she finds herself faced with turning points that will make up who she is–watching her brother’s search for a future, learning to dance and to love, and finding out what it means to be a part of a community...
Teaching Literacy Conversation with Classroom Read-Alouds and Conversation Partners: The Color of My Words
Hampton-Brown: Reading Guide
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

The Composition by Antonio Skármeta; illustrated by Alfonso Ruano (Groundwood, 2000)

In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel’s father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills. Now, they are thrust into a situation where they must grapple with the incomprehensible: dictatorship and its inherent abuses...
Author Website
Social Justice Literature for the Elementary Classroom
Lesson Plan
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Honorable Mentions

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic Press, 2000).

My Very Own Room / Mi Propio Cuartito by Amada Irma Pérez and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Children’s Book Press, 2000).

Commended Titles

The Christmas Gift / El regalo de navidad by Francisco Jiménez and illustrated by Claire B. Cotts (Houghton Mifflin, 2000).

Cuban Kids by George Ancona (Cavendish, 2000).

Icy Watermelon / Sandia fría by Mary Sue Galindo and illustrated by Pauline Rodriguez Howard (Piñata Books/Arte Público, 2000).

Mi hija, mi hijo, el águila, la paloma: Un canto azteca / My Daughter, My Sun, the Eagle, the Dove: An Aztec Chant by Ana Castillo and illustrated by S. Guevara (Dutton, 2000).

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick (Henry Holt, 2000).

Roadrunner’s Dance by Rudolfo Anaya and illustrated by David Diaz (Hyperion, 2000).

Salsa Stories by Lulu Delacre (Scholastic, 2000).

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