2002 Américas Award


A Movie in My Pillow/Una película en mi almohada by Jorge Argueta; illustrated by Elizabeth Gómez (Children’s Book Press, 2001)

A young boy with two homelands and a delightful sense of wonder comes to life in Jorge Argueta’s first collection of poems for children. Young Jorgito lives in San Francisco’s Mission District, but he hasn’t forgotten his native El Salvador...
Author Website
Red Room Author Biography
Paper Tiger Author Interview
Américas Award Curriculum Guide
Read the book online through the International Children’s Digital Library

Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)

At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours...
Author (Faculty) Website
Santa Clara Study Guide
Scholastic Interview with Author Francisco Jiménez (w/ Student Interviewers)
Teaching Books Author Program In-Depth Interview
Challenges Give Meaning to Our Lives (Article)
Worlds of Words: Discovering the words of Francisco Jiménez
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Honorable Mentions

In the Days of the Vaqueros: America’s First True Cowboys by Russell Freedman (Clarion Books, 2001).

Commended Titles

Harvest by George Ancona (Cavendish, 2001).

Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems by Francisco X. Alarcón with illustrations by Maya Christina González (Children’s Book Press, 2001).

The Jumping Tree by René Saldaña, Jr (Delacorte Press, 2001).

Mama Does the Mambo by Katherine Leiner and illustrated by Edel Rodríguez (Hyperion, 2001).

Uncle Rain Cloud by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck (Charlesbridge, 2001).

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