Nearly 200 authors were recognized on May 30, 2013, at the 15th International Latino Book Awards ceremony, which was held at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City during BookExpo America. The largest awards in the US celebrating achievements in Latino literature, the event is presented by Latino Literacy Now in partnership with Las Comadres para las Americas and the Instituto Cervantes. Actor and advocate Tony Plana served as the master of ceremonies and presenters included national leaders within the Latino community. This year’s entries were judged by a group of over 60 book industry leaders.
Below are the winners of the International Latino Book Awards in the Children, Youth, and Young Adult categories. For a complete listing, visit the Latino Literacy Now website.
Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book–English
LightKeepers to the Rescue! Marisa de Jesús Paolicelli; illus. by Susan E. Daly.
A Caribbean Experience Con Amor
Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book–Spanish or Bilingual
Conoce a Simón Bolívar. Edna Iturralde; illus. by Ytziar Cori Alvarez.
Alfaguara Grupo Santillana
Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book–English
The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe. Pat Mora; illus. by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher.
Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book–Bilingual
Guacamole. Jorge Argueta; illus. by Margarita Sada.
Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book–Spanish
Cocorina y El Puchero Mágico. Mar Pavón; illus. by Mónica Carretero.
Cuento de Luz
Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours. Duncan Tonatiuh.
Best Educational Children’s Picture Book—English
Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster. Susan Hood; illus. by Melissa Sweet.
S & S
Best Educational Children’s Picture Book—Spanish or Bilingual
¡Nos Divertimos con la Ciencia! Ángels Navarro; illus. by Anna Mongay.
Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book
The Sky of Afghanistan. Ana Eulate; illus. by Sonja Wimmer.
Cuento de Luz
Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book
Crossing the Line. Bk. 1 (Border Town Series). Malin Alegria.
Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book—English
Love, Amalia. Alma Flor Ada; illus. by Gabriel M. Zubizarreta.
S & S
Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book–Spanish or Bilingual
Oro, Incienso y Mirra. Ariel González Calzada.
Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book
Calling Him Dad. Virginia Kamhi; illus. by Florence Ko.
Best Young Adult Fiction Book
When The Guns Fell Silent. Edna Iturralde.
SLJ Best Book and Pura Belpre Medal Winner Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (S & S) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz received an Honorable Mention. Pura Belpré Author Honor, Sonia Manzano’s The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (Scholastic) received the same distinction.
Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book
The Pregnancy Project. Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer.
S & S
Best Educational Young Adult Book
Puberman: El Enfrentamiento. Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent; illus. by Ivan Chacon.
Most Inspirational Young Adult Book
The Day of Yesterday. Edna Iturralde.
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