2007 Américas Award


Josias, Hold the Book by Jennifer Elvgren; illustrated by Nicole Tadgell (Boyds Mill, 2006)

Every morning Josias is hard at work in the family’s garden under the hot Haitian sun. And every morning he sees his friend Chrislove walk to school...
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The Poet Slave of Cuba by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Sean Qualls (Holt, 2006)

Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect...
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Extended Review of “The Liberating Power of Verses in Margarita Engle’s The Poet Slave of Cuba”

Honorable Mention

What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau (Delacorte, 2006).

Commended Titles

Behind the Eyes by Francisco X. Stork (Dutton, 2006).

Call Me Henri by Lorraine M. López (Curbstone, 2006).

Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs (HarperCollins, 2006).

El lector by William Durbin (Random House, 2006).

La fiesta de las tortillas / The Festival of the Tortillasby Jorge Argueta and illustrated by María Jesús Alvarez and translated by Joe Hayes and Sharon Franco (Santillana, 2006).

The Honey Jar by Rigobertu Menchú with Dante Liano and illustrated by Domi (Groundwood, 2006).

Letters to My Mother by Teresa Cárdenas (Groundwood, 2006).

La línea by Ann Jaramillo (Roaring Brook, 2006).

My Feet Are Laughing by Lissette Norman and Illustrated by Frank Morrison (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2006).

My Little Car by Gary Soto and illustrated by Pam Paparone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006).

Napí va a la montaña by Antonio Ramírez and illustrated by Domi (Cinco Puntos, 2006).

Surprising Cecilia by Susan Gonzales Abraham and Denise Gonzales Abraham (Cinco Puntos, 2006).

Talking With Mother Earth / Hablando con madre tierra by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Lucía Angela Pérez (Groundwood, 2006).

To Go Singing Through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda by Deborah Kogan Ray (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2006).

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