2004 Américas Award


Just a Minute by Yuyi Morales (Chronicle, 2003)

In this original trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle’s door. He requests that she leave with him right away. “Just a minute,” Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil...
Author Website
Chronicle Books Curriculum Guide
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003)

La niña seria, the serious child. That’s how Consuelo’s mother has cast her pensive, book-loving daughter, while Consuelo’s younger sister Mili, is seen as vivacious–a ray of tropical sunshine. Two daughters: one dark, one light; one to offer comfort and consolation, the other to charm and delight. But something is not right in this Puerto Rican family...
Author (Faculty) Website
Judith Ortiz Cofer in the Classroom: A Woman in Front of the Sun (article)
Beacon Press Teachers’ Guide
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Honorable Mentions

Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa (Delacorte, 2003).

Harvesting Hope: The Story of César Chávez by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Harcourt, 2003).

Commended Titles

The Afterlife by Gary Soto (Harcourt, 2003)

The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer by James Endredy and illustrated by María Hernández de la Cruz and Casimiro de la Cruz López (Bear Cub Books, 2003).

Little Blue House by Sandra Comino (Groundwood, 2003).

Murals: Walls That Sing by George Anconca (Cavendish, 2003).

Xochitl and the Flowers by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Carl Angel (Children’s Boo Press, 2003).

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