I am so pleased and humbled to announce that THEY CALL ME GÜERO has been selected as an Honor Book in the Young Readers category for the 2019 Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature!
Thanks to We Need Diverse Books and the judges.
I have admired the work that We Need Diverse Books has done over the last five years, and this recognition is one of the most important my writing has received to date. The Walter “recognizes diverse authors whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way,” and that is one of my primary goals.
Of course, without Bobby Byrd, Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, this book wouldn’t exist … HUGE HUGS!
Y sin mi familia y comunidad, I wouldn’t be the person I am, product of my culture and upbringing, ready to do the work that needs doing. Gracias, mi gente