Empowering Latino Futures’ International Latino Book Awards
The International Latino Book Awards recognize and honor Latinx people in literature. The awards recognize both Latinx and non-Latinx authors, translators, and illustrators for their books written either in English,
Spanish, or Portuguese. Entries can be submitted by major, medium-sized, and small publishers or be self-published books. There are 105 categories in the 2021 awards, covering books for all ages. Some categories for children’s
and YA include the Alma Flor Ada Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book Award, Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book, Mariposa Awards Best First Book, Best Children’s Picture eBook, Best Young Adult Book in Portuguese (Originally
in Portuguese), Best Children’s Picture Book Translation - Spanish to English, and Best Children’s & Youth Poetry Book. For listings of all the categories and past winners, visit https://www.latinobookawards.org/award-winners. 2021 winners will be announced Oct. 16-17, 2021.
2020 Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Bilingual
FIRST PLACE: Sing with Me / Canta conmigo by José-Luis Orozco
Come along and sing with me! Sing along to your child's favorite songs, from "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to "The Wheels on the Bus," in English and in Spanish! Accompanied by joyful, charming illustrations by Pura Belpré award
winner Sara Palacios, this book is for every child who loves to sing, dance, and play.
SECOND PLACE: The Adventures of Mr. Macaw / Las Aventuras del Sr. Macaw by Leticia Ordaz
Maxton and Bronx love their trips to Mexico. And the siblings can barely contain their excitement when they’re given their Abuelito’s magical kite, Mr. Macaw. But when they take him out to fly in an approaching storm, the boys are alarmed when the mischievous
toy dances away in the wind! Excited to be off on a grand adventure, Mr. Macaw can’t wait to check in on his beloved townspeople and their village. And every time someone tries to catch his dangling string, he cheekily swoops
just out of reach on a blast of the breeze! Will the boys and Mr. Macaw ever be reunited?
Honorable Mention: WOMAGIS United States of America by Marta Villegas
Womagis is the first book for children displayed in 18 different languages simultaneously, therefore it is perfect for sharing with other kids from other cultures that one may find during their life journey, reading the content together and understanding
at the same time the concept of the book. Womagis inspires kids to create their own language, an entire Universe of their own, developing their creativity and imagination while they play. Learning about the diversity that the
world has to offer, teaching them alphabets and words from different places, connecting them with other kids, learning together and growing together in acceptance and friendship.
2020 Best Children’s & Youth Poetry Book
First Place: Babies Nurse / Así se alimentan los bebés by Phoebe Fox
Babies—whether pandas, puppies, or people—nurse. This bond is precious; this process, a natural art. Luminous illustrations and lyrical text will inspire conversations about caretaking in the natural world, while the bilingual
format makes this charming book accessible to speakers of both Spanish and English. The luminous illustrations and lyrical, bilingual text give children a glimpse into the worlds of 13 different mammal babies. Compelling
childhood facts broaden the reader’s knowledge about each species. The overarching theme of breastfeeding inspires conversations about parenting, biology, habitats, survival, and more, making this book an engaging choice
for young children as well as elementary school readers.
Second Place: Dancing Fruit, Singing Rivers/ Baila la Fruta, Cantan los Ríos by José Chávez
An excellent book for learning to read as it provides rhythm, repetition, and oral practice that students need. In an era of Climate Change, themes about healthful eating and taking care of our Mother Earth enhance the reading
experience for students, teachers, and parents.
Honorable Mention: They Call Me Güero by David Bowles
They call him Güero because of his red hair, pale skin, and freckles. Sometimes people only go off of what they see. Like the Mexican boxer Canelo Álvarez, twelve-year-old Güero is puro mexicano. He feels at home on both sides
of the river, speaking Spanish or English. Güero is also a reader, gamer, and musician who runs with a squad of misfits called Los Bobbys. Together, they joke around and talk about their expanding world, which now includes
girls. (Don’t cross Joanna—she's tough as nails.) Güero faces the start of seventh grade with heart and smarts, his family’s traditions, and his trusty accordion. And when life gets tough for this Mexican American border
kid, he knows what to do: He writes poetry.