GÜERO a White Raven!

My book They Call Me Güero has been awarded a White Raven! That means it’s been selected by the very prestigious International Youth Library Foundation for inclusion in their annual catalogue of recommended titles for international children’s & youth literature: 200 books in 37 languages from 59 countries. They Call…

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GÜERO Read Across America

I’m delighted to announce that They Call Me Güero was selected as one of the National Endowment of the Arts Read Across America titles for middle-grade readers! I’m especially proud and excited to be part of the project’s mission, to “motivate kids to read and celebrate the diversity in their…

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Pura Belpré Acceptance Speech

I delivered the following speech at the American Librarian Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC, as part of the Pura Belpré Celebración on June 23rd, after accepting the Belpré Author Honor for They Call Me Güero. Soy fronterizo. A child of the borderlands. Home is Donna, Texas, right across the…

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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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