2009 Américas Award


Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book by Yuyi Morales. (Roaring Brook Press, 2008)

Yuyi Morales takes us on a new journey with Señor Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the Dead celebrations. Señor Calvera is worried...
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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle. (Holt, 2008)

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she...
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Honorable Mentions

The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén: El mejor regalo del mundo: La leyenda de la vieja belén by Julia Alvarez and illustrated by Ruddy Nuñez (Alfaguara/Santillana, 2008).

Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos (Atheneum, 2008).

The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos by Lucía González and illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Children’s Book Press, 2008).

Commended Titles

Animal Poems of the Iguazú / Animalario del Iguazú by Francisco X. Alarcón and illustrated by Maya Christina González (Children’s Book Press, 2008).

Arco Iris de Poesía: Poemas de las Américas y España  selected by Sergio Andricaín and illustrated by Olga Cuéllar (Lectorum, 2008).

Baila, Nana, Baila / Dance, Nana, Dance: Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish retold by Joe Hayes and illustrated by Mauricio Trenard Sayago (Cinco Puntos, 2008).

Cesar Chávez: Crusader for Social Change by Brenda Haugen (Compass Point, 2008).

The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan (Dial/Penguin, 2008).

Divali Rose by Vashanti Rahaman and illustratedby Jamel Akib (Boyds Mills, 2008).

Dolores Huerta: Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist by Robin S. Doak (Compass Point, 2008).

Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole (Harper Collins, 2008).

Facts of Life by Gary Soto (Harcourt, 2008).

He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster, 2008).

Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning (Clarion, 2008).

Pablo (Cuando los Grandes Eran Pequeños) by Georgina Lázaro and illustrated by Marcela Donoso (Lectorum, 2008).

Peace Jam: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace by Ivan Suvanjieff and Dawn Gifford Engle (Puffin/Penguin, 2008).

A Perfect Season for Dreaming: Un tiempo perfecto para soñar by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and illustrated by Esau Andrade Valencia (Cinco Puntos, 2008).

Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez (Houghton Mifflin, 2008).

The Secret Legacy by Rigoberto Menchú and Dante Liano and illustrated by Domi (Groundwood, 2008).

The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez (Cinco Puntos, 2008).

Voices in First Person: Reflections on Latino Identity edited by Lori Marie Carlson and with photographs by Manuel Rivera-Ortiz and with illustrations by Flavio Morais (Atheneum, 2008).

The Walls of Cartagena by Julia Durango and illustrated by Tom Pohrt (Simon & Schuster, 2008).

What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Amy Córdova (Tricycle Press, 2008).

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