The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere.
The award winners and commended titles are selected for their (1) distinctive literary quality; (2) cultural contextualization; (3) exceptional integration of text, illustration and design; and (4) potential for classroom use.
The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute is a member of CLASP and, through CLASP, a proud supporter of the Américas Award. For more information about the Américas Award, visit the Américas Award website.
For the purposes of using Américas Award winning titles and authors in the classroom, we have compiled here a set of lists of all books that have won the award or been selected as honorable mentions or commended titles.* Each book is linked to its page on Shelfari, where you can quickly scan a synopsis and find reviews. For the winners, we have also scoured the internet for relevant resources such as teacher’s guides, author homepages, interviews, etc. If you have suggestions for other materials we should include, please let us know!
*This information is drawn from the Américas Award self-published lists of past recipients.