The 2021 Winners of the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature have been announced!

May 28, 2021

The 2021 Winners of the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature have been announced!

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Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built (Schwartz & Wade, 2020)
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The 2021 Winners of the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature have been announced!

This year’s award goes to Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built (Schwartz & Wade, 2020), written by Angela Burke Kunkel and illustrated by Paula Escobar, and Land of the Cranes (Scholastic Press, 2020), written by Aida Salazar.

The 2021 Américas Award also recognizes 3 Honorable Mention titles: Furia (Algonquin Young Readers), written by Yamile Saied Méndez, ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020), written by Raúl the Third and colors by Elaine Bay, and If Dominican Were a Color (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2020), written by Sili Recio and illustrated by Brianna McCarthy.

View the 2021 award announcement video below featuring some very special guest announcers!

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The Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature was founded 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, and Latinx culture in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, and coordinated by the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. 

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