2005 Américas Award


My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia by Monica Brown; illustrated by Rafael López (Luna Rising, 2004)

This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz’s life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa...
Author Website
Author Monica Brown Tools for Teaching
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Cinco Puntos, 2004)

The “Hollywood” where Sammy Santos and Juliana Ríos live is not the West Coast one, the one with all the glitz and glitter. This Hollywood is a tough barrio at the edge of a small town in southern New Mexico. Sammy and this friends—members of the 1969 high school graduating class—face a world of racism, dress codes, war in Vietnam and barrio violence. In the summer before his senior year begins, Sammy falls in love with Juliana...
Author (Faculty) Website
Video of Author Reading from Last Night I Sang to a Monster
Cinco Puntos Press Teachers Guide by Helen Buchanan
Américas Award Curriculum Guide

Honorable Mention

Call Me María by Judith Ortiz Cofer (Orchard, 2004).

Commended Titles

Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic, 2004).

The Dream on Blanca’s Wall / El sueño pegado en la pared de Blanca by Jane Medina and illustrated by Robert Casilla (Boyds Mill, 2004).

Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin and illustrated by Ana Juan (Atheneum, 2004).

The Remembering Stone by Barbara Timberlake Russell and illustrated by Claire B. Cotts (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004).

The Santero’s Miracle by Rudolfo Anaya and illustrated by Amy Córdova (University of New Mexico, 2004).

Sélavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope by Youme (Cinco Puntos, 2004).

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