Winners of the 2009 Latino Book Awards

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Last week, the winners of the 11th Annual International Latino Book Awards were announced during BookExpo America in New York City. In case you missed it, we’d like to share the winners in the children´s books categories with you so you can expand your home library.

The awards – first presented in 1999 – were created by Latino Literacy Now, “in recognition of the many positive contributions being made to Latino literature by publishers and writers worldwide.” The non-profit organization, founded by actor and activist Edward James Olmos in 1997, supports and promotes literary excellence within the Latino community.

There are winners in separate categories for books in English, Spanish and those that are bilingual. I’m familiar with some of the authors, including Pat Mora, but most are new names to me and I can’t wait to check them out.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Los Ganadores in the Children’s Books Category:

(Title – Author(s) – Publisher):

Best Educational Children’s Book – English
The Song of the Coconut – Adalucía – Cholita Prints & Publishing Co.

Best Educational Children’s Book – Spanish
Quiero Ser Poeta – Rafael Garcia Jolly, José Carbonell Pla, Antonia Moreno, María D. Torres Bañuls – LetraRoja
2ND Place: El secreto del dorado – Maria Villegas y Jennie Kent – Villegas Asociados S.A.
Honorable Mention: Figúrate: Animales, Fantasía y Mundo – María Villegas y Jennie Kent – Villegas Asociados

Best Educational Children’s Book – Bilingual
Dealing With Insults – Qué Hacer con los Insultos - Marianne Johnson – Rosen Publishing/Buenas Letras
2ND Place: Teo in Palo Verde – Adam Del Rio – Lectura Books
2ND Place: Ronaldinho – José María Obregón – Rosen Publishing/Buenas Letras
Honorable Mention: Las Abejas – Katie Franks – Rosen Publishing/Buenas Letras

Best Children’s Picture Book – English
Abuelos – Pat Mora – Groundwood Books
2ND Place: The Secret Legacy – Rigoberta Menchú – Groundwood Books
Honorable Mention: Kitchen Dance – Maurie J. Manning – Clarion Books

Best Children’s Picture Book – Spanish
Los Reyes Magos De Oriente – Lluis Farre – Bambú
2ND Place: El mejor mariachi del mundo – J. D. Smith – Raven Tree Press
Honorable Mention: Mira, Mira – Angels Navarro – Bambú

Best Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual
Rachel and the Lion – Stephanie Lainez – Story House Books
2ND Place: Colors! ¡Colores! – Jorge Luján – Groundwood Books
Honorable Mention: The Storyteller’s Candle – Lucia Gonzalez – Children’s Book Press

You can find the entire list, which is much more extensive than this one, here.  In it you’ll find something for everyone in the family, including YOU!

Happy reading!

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