Américas Award for M2BT

My Two Border Towns has won the Américas Award, alongside Gloria Amescua’s fabulous Child of the Flower-Song People!

From the CLASP website:

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 in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean or the Latinx community in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), and coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University.

The Américas Award winners, honorable mention titles and commended titles are selected for their: 1)Distinctive literary quality, 2) Cultural contextualization, 3) Exceptional integration of text, illustration and design; and 4) Potential for classroom use.

The winning books are honored each fall in a celebration coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs,


  1. Vanessa Rosales Cerda

    My son and I just discovered your book at the Nashville library today!
    My husband and I were both born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, and the book was such an awesome read! Glad to have found a little slice of home from over 1,000 miles away!

    • How delightful! Thanks for telling me about this discovery … and abrazos from la mera frontera! Say hi to your son from me.

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