Books

YOUNG-ADULT NOVELS

  • Hearts of Fire and Snow. Co-authored by Guadalupe García McCall (coming June 11, 2024 from Bloomsbury)
  • The Prince & the Coyote (October 2023). Selected by BookPage as one of the 10 Best Books of 2023. Selected by Kirkus as one of the Best YA Books of 2023. 2024 Pura Belpré Honor Book. Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.
  • Secret of the Moon Conch. Co-authored by Guadalupe García McCall (June 2023). New York Public Library Best Books of 2023. Finalist, 2024 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.

MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS

PICTURE BOOKS

  • My Two Border Towns (September 2021)—illustrated by Erika Meza. School Library Journal Best Books of 2021, New York Public Library Best Books of 2021, Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of 2021, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children’s Books of 2022, Children’s Book Council (CBC) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) 2022 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2022 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, 2022 NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Award, 2022 Américas Award (CLASP), 2023 Bank Street College Best Spanish Language Picture Book of the Year / Mejor libro infantil en español del año.
  • Ancient Night (March 2023)—illustrated and with a story by David Álvarez. Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2023. Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2023. Selected by BookPage as one of the Ten Best Picture Books of 2023. Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of 2023. Selected by the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature as one of the Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2023. Part of The Horn Book’s Fanfare 2023 (one of the Best Books of the Year). Finalist, 2024 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. Selected by USBBY as one of 2024’s Outstanding International Books. Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. 2024 Tejas Star List.

CHAPTER BOOKS

GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • CLOCKWORK CURANDERA series
    • The Witch Owl Parliament (October 2021)—#1, illustrated by Raúl the Third. Winner of the 2021 Jean Flynn Award for Best Young Adult Book from the Texas Institute of Letters. 2022 Texas Library Association Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List. Finalist for the 2022 Locus Awards in the category of illustrated or art books. 2022 Eisner Awards Nominee. Winner of a 2022 Whippoorwill Award.
    • Robots of the Republic—#2 (coming 2025)
    • The Green Realm—#3 (coming 2026)
  • TALES OF THE FEATHERED SERPENT series
    • Rise of the Halfling King (October 2020)—illustrated by Charlene Bowles. Kirkus Reviews’ Best Middle-Grade Graphic Novels of 2020; the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2020; 2021 Texas Library Association Little Maverick list; 101 Great Books for Kids List of 2020, Evanston Public Library
    • The Hero Twins and the Magic of Song (coming October 2024)
    • The Hero Twins in the Realm of Fright (coming 2025)
    • Princess Hapunda and the Lake (coming 2026)

MYTH AND LEGEND

POETRY

  • Liminal (coming 2024 from Lamar University Press)
  • A BORDER KID’S POEMS Series
    • They Call Me Güero (October 2018)—2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Outstanding Children’s Literature; 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book; 2019 Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry; 2019 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, among other accolades.
    • They Call Her Fregona (September 2022)—selected for Kirkus Reviews‘ list of the Best Middle Grade Books of 2022, selected by the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature as one of the Best Books of 2022, selected as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year of 2023 by the Children’s Book Committee / Bank Street College of Education.
  • Shattering and Bricolage (June 2014)

ADULT NOVELS

STORY COLLECTIONS

TRANSLATIONS

  • El barrio se levanta: La protesta que construyó el Parque Chicano (June 2024)—A Spanish translation of Barrio Rising: The Protest that Built Chicano Park by María Dolores Águila.
  • El príncipe y la coyote (April 2024)—The Spanish version of my book The Prince & the Coyote.
  • Efrén dividido (July 2023)—A Spanish translation of Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros.
  • Noche antigua (March 2023)—the Spanish-language version of Ancient Night, illustrated and with a story by David Álvarez. Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2023. One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year in Spanish [2024] fromBank Street College of Education, Children’s Book Committee. Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.
  • Le dicen Fregona (January 2023)—the Spanish version of my book They Call Her Fregona.
  • La víspera del Orgullo (May 2022)A Spanish translation of ‘Twas the Night before Pride by Joanna McClintick. Illustrated by Juana Medina.
  • El Parlamento de Lechuzas (October 2021)—the Spanish version of my graphic novel The Witch Owl Parliament. Premio Campoy-Ada 2022 a la Mejor Novela Gráfica Juvenil.
  • El ascenso del rey enano (September 2021)—the Spanish version of my graphic novel Rise of the Halfling King. New York Public Library Best Books of 2021.
  • Mis dos pueblos fronterizos (September 2021)—the Spanish version of my book My Two Border Towns . Illustrated by Erika Meza. New York Public Library Best Books of 2021. Winner Premio Mejor Libro Infantil/Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award for 2021 (Bank Street College’s Center for Children’s Literature). Mención de Honor para el Premio Campoy-Ada 2022 al Mejor Libro de Imágenes.
  • The Immortal Boy (March 2021)—A translation of No comas renacuajos by Francisco Montaña Ibáñez. 2022 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Honor Title. Finalist for the 2022 International Latino Book Awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
  • The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas (February 2021)—A translation of Diccionario de mitos de América by María García Esperón. New York Public Library Best Books of 2021. Awarded a Batchelder Honor Award by the American Library Association. Selected by the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) as one of the 2022 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, selected for the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Honour List 2022. Won the 2021 Souerette Diehl Frasier Award for Best Translation from the Texas Institute of Letters. Winner of the 2022 International Latino Book Award for YA Translation (Spanish to English).
  • The Route of Ice and Salt (January 2021)—A translation of La ruta del hielo y la sal by José Luis Zárate. New York Public Library Best Books of 2021. Nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella.
  • Me dicen Güero (November 2020)—the Spanish version of my book They Call Me Güero.
  • Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (March 2019)—Translations into Nahuatl of Francisco X. Alarcón’s original poems for this 25th anniversary reprint of his seminal collection.
  • El verano de las mariposas (July 2018)—A translation of Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe García McCall.
  • Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry (August 2013)—2014 Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation.

BOOKS EDITED BY OR CONTAINING WORK FROM DAVID BOWLES

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