2010 Américas Award


Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (Knopf, 2009).

After Tyler’s father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented
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Author Julia Alvarez Reads Return to Sender
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What Can You Do With a Paleta? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?  By Carmen Tafolla; illustrated by Magaly Morales (Tricycle Press, 2009).

As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children...
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Honorable Mentions

Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Curbstone Press, 2009).

I Know the River Loves Me / Yo sé que el río me ama by Maya Christina González (Children’s Book Press, 2009).

My Papa Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art / Mi papá Diego y yo: Recuerdos de mi padre y su arte by Guadalupe Rivera Marín and Diego Rivera (Children’s Book Press, 2009).

Commended Titles

Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 by Charles Mann (Atheneum, 2009).

Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day / Book Day / Celebremos El día de los niños / El día de los libros by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael López (Harper Collins/Rayo, 2009).

Braids / Trencitas by Kathleen Contreras and illustrated by Margaret Lindmark (Lectorum, 2009).

Confetti Girl by Diana López (Little, Brown, 2009).

Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and illustrated by David Díaz (Marshall Cavendish, 2009).

The Fiesta Dress: A Quinceañera Tale by Carmen McNelly McCormack and illustrated by Martha Avilés (Marshall Cavendish, 2009).

Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? by Denise Vega and illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono (Little, Brown, 2009).

Jorge Luis Borges by Georgina Lázaro and illustrated by Graciela Genovés (Lectorum, 2009).

Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino (Frances Lincoln, 2009).

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009).

Muchacho by Louanne Johnson (Knopf, 2009).

My Abuelita by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Harcourt, 2009)

Pelé King of Soccer / Pelé el rey del fútbol by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rudy Gutiérrez (Rayo, 2009).

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora and illustrated by Magaly Morales (Clarion, 2009)

René has Two Last Names / René tiene dos apellidos by René Colato Lainez and illustrated by Fabiola Graullera Ramírez (Arte Publico, 2009).

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / Sonia Sotomayor: la juez que creció en el Bronx by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Edel Rodríguez (Atheneum, 2009).

Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Rafael Yockteng (Groundwood, 2009).

Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown by Malathi Michelle Lyengar and illustrated by Jamel Akib (Children’s Book Press, 2009).

Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba by Margarita Engle (Holt, 2009).

Victoria Goes to Brazil by Maria de Fatima Campos (Frances Lincoln, 2009).

We Were Here by Matt de la Peña (Delacorte, 2009).

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