Friday, January 21, 2011

NAACP Image Award nomination for Monica Brown!

SIDE BY SIDE/LADO A LADO by Monica Brown, illustrated by Joe Cepeda has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Children's Literature category!
The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Winners will be announced at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards Show on March 4th on FOX.
For the full list of nominees, please click here.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


We're thrilled to share FIESTA BABIES by Carmen Tafolla; illustrated by Amy Córdova, published by Tricycle Press/Random House, is named a Pura Belpré Honor for illustration. From piñatas to flower coronas, little ones are introduced to the many colorful aspects of an important and lively Latino cultural tradition. These Fiesta Babies dance, march on parade, and sing along to mariachi songs in this spirited celebration of fiestas. This is Amy Córdova’s second Pura Belpré Honor Book; WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A REBOZO? also written by Carmen Tafolla, was awarded Belpré Honor in 2008.

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996 by the American Library Association, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Carmen Tafolla has been in the spotlight in recent months! WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A PALETA?, illustrated by Magaly Morales, also published by Tricycle Press/Random House has been awarded the prestigious Charlotte Zolotow Award for Best Picture Book in 2010, the 2010 Américas Book Award for Children's Literature, and the 2010 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award.

Congratulations Carmen! For more information about Carmen Tafolla, please visit her website:

For a listing of all the 2011 American Library Association winners, sorted by publisher, click here.

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