TWO Awards from TIL

The Texas Institute of Letters just announced the winners of its literary prizes. I won both the MG and YA awards (which is the first time in TIL history that a single author has taken them both).  They Call Me Güero got the Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book Award…

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GÜERO Wins the Tomás Rivera Award

I’m overjoyed to announce that They Call Me Güero has been selected for the 2019 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. About the Award From the website: “Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts…

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GÜERO Wins Claudia Lewis Award

They Call Me Güero has won the 2019 Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry! The Claudia Lewis Award is one of three announced each year by the Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street School of Education. Established in 1909, the committee is made up of 40 or so volunteer members from…

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GÜERO a Pura Belpré Honor Book

Delighted to announce They Call Me Güero is a Pura Belpré Honor Book! Hugs to Cinco Puntos Press, Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong and the entire community of Latinx writers. Much respect as well to ALSC, REFORMA, the American Library Association, and the members of the Pura Belpré Award Committee.  

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GÜERO a Walter Honor Book

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…

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FEATHERED SERPENT a Kirkus Best YA Book of 2018

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico made the Kirkus list of Best YA Books of 2018! Seventy-five titles are on the list, in eight categories. The one FSDHS was selected for–Books That Feed Imaginations–is perfect for my retelling of these crucial ancestral tales.  

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GÜERO a Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2018

The magazine Shelf Awareness has selected They Call Me Güero for their Best Books of 2018 list!  

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GÜERO an NCTE Notable Verse Novel

Each year the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) establishes a committee for the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry. That committee goes on to create a list of Notable Poetry Books for children ages 3-13 published throughout the year. I am honored that the committee has selected They Call Me…

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GÜERO a SLJ Best Book of 2018!

Each year, School Library Journal selects 80 or so titles published that year that they believe will stand the test of time. I’m so honored to announced that They Call Me Güero has been included on the 2018 Best Books list!  

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Belpré Author Honor Acceptance Speech

REFORMA, ALSC and the American Library Association have released the text of this year’s Belpré winners’s acceptance speeches. Below you’ll find mine.  

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