February 22, 2018

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Int’l Latino Book Awards Recognize Top Children’s Titles

International Latino Book Awards logoNearly 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.
Groundwood Bks

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.
Editorial Combel

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.
Floricanto Pr.

Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book

Calling Him Dad. Virginia Kamhi; illus. by Florence Ko.
WPR Bks.

Best Young Adult Fiction Book

When The Guns Fell Silent. Edna Iturralde.
WPR Bks.

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.
Villegas Editores;

Most Inspirational Young Adult Book

The Day of Yesterday. Edna Iturralde.
WPR Bks.

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Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

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