Monica Brown has been awarded the 2012 Américas Award for the second time in her career for her picture book PABLO NERUDA: Poet of the People. Her picture book MY NAME IS CELIA/ME LLAMO CELIA: The Life of Celia Cruz, illustrated by Rafael Lopez was awarded the Américas Award in 2007.
The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
Winning books will be honored at a ceremony in October 2012 during Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
2012 Américas Award WinnersPablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown; Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt and Company. 32 pages. ISBN 978-0805091984.
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle. Henry Holt and Company. 160 pages. ISBN 978-0805092400.
The complete list of winners and full annotated bibliographies, visit the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) press page.
Congratulations to Monica and Julie!