August 20, 2017

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Even More Awards for Spanish, Latin American, and Latin@ Kid Lit

Banner_horizontal.jpg_Looking for more award-winning titles to add to your Spanish-language collections and to include more Latin@-focused acclaimed children’s and young adult books?  Here are other book prizes that are given in Spain, Latin America, and in the United States that can help fulfill that need.

City of Málaga Prize for Children’s Literature (Spain)

In its seventh year, this award is given to aspiring children’s authors with an opportunity for publication by Anaya, a Spanish publisher. Juana Cortés Amunarriz won the 2016 Premio de Literatura Infantil “Ciudad de Málaga” for her Esmeralda, una mula y un buey.

barcanovaPremio Barcanova

The Barcanova Prize is a literary prize from Spain for children’s and young adult novels written in Catalan. It’s sponsored by the Editorial Barcanova imprint, which is part of Grupo Anaya.

The 14th Premio Barcanova de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil was awarded in December 2015 in the children’s category to Juan Bustos  for his Fina Ensurts, and to Aina Sastre in the young adult category for her Quan arriba el moment.  Each author was given a publishing contract with Anaya and 10.000 euros.

Premio Edebé de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil

This is a prize given by Editorial Edebé, a Spanish publishing group based in Barcelona. The 24th prizes were given to Jordi Sierra i Fabra for his El aprendiz de brujo y Los Invisibles and Luis Leante for his Huye sin mirar atrás.

Premio Hispanoamericano de Poesía para Niños

A Mexican prize for children’s poetry given by the Fundacion Para las Letras Mexicanas (Center for Mexican Letters).

The most recent winners of the Fundacion .....

The most recent winners of Mexico’s Premio Hispanoamericano de Poesía para Niños.

Premio Luna de Aire

The Luna Air Award is a literary prize for poetry written for a young audience. It is organized by the University of Castilla La Mancha, specifically CEPLI Cuenca, in Spain. Beatriz Berrocal won the most recent award with La revolución de las perdices, published by Ediciones SM, and illustrated by Raquel Saiz.

BOP – Bologna Prize Best Children’s Publisher of the Year

At the recent Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy, Editions Ekaré received the award for Best Children’s Book Publisher of the Year for Central and South America.  According to the award jury, Ekaré “has established a bridge between old Europe and the New World. Its rich catalog contains important works from Europe, and great attention to culture, the traditions of the entire continent of South America.”  Take a look this publisher’s online catalog as a great source for collection development.  Ekaré’s books are known for their quality. Besides Venezuela, Ekaré has a strong presence in Chile as well.

Other Latin@ Book Awards in the United States

NF_Tonatiuh_FunnyBonesThere is a bit of crossover between these awards and the Pura Belpré award, as they are drawing from the same eligible titles.

Américas Award

The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. CLASP offers up to two annual book awards, together with a commended list of titles.

In 2016, the Américas Award review committee recognized 16 books. Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Echo and Ashley Hope Pérez’s Out of Darkness were the 2016 winners and Matt Tavares’s Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made it from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues and Duncan Tonatiuh’s Funny Bones. The authors and illustrators will be honored on September 22, 2016, in an award ceremony at the Library of Congress that is free and open to the public.

International Latino Book Awards

YA_Perez_outofdarknessThe 18th International Latino Book Awards finalists were announced earlier this year. The largest awards in the U.S. celebrating achievements in Latino literature, the event is organized by Latino Literacy Now in partnership with Las Comadres para las Americas and the Instituto Cervantes.   With the 257 finalists this year, it has honored the greatness of 2,171 authors and publishers over the past two decades.   The2016 awards will be presented on September 8 in Los Angeles.

Tomás Rivera Book Award 

The Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomás Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.  The 2016 winners were Perez’s Out of Darkness and Tonatiuh’s Funny Bones.

Tim Wadham About Tim Wadham

Tim Wadham (wadhambooks@gmail.com) is a library administrator and the author of Wordplay for Kids (ALA Editions, 2015).

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