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Best books created by writers and illustrators of Latino culture. Established in 1996 and voted on every other year by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)and REFORMA.

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  Cover Art: Under the Royal Palms : a Childhood in Cuba Ada, Alma Flor
Under the Royal Palms : a Childhood in Cuba
The author recalls her life and impressions growing up in Cuba. [2000 Winner]
1998
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Return to Sender Alvarez, Julia
Return to Sender
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders. [2010 Winner]
2009
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Diego : Bigger Than Life Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.
Diego : Bigger Than Life
The life and work of the artist Diego Rivera is told through chronological poems that capture salient points in his life. [2010 Honor Book]
2009
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Frida : Viva La Vida = Long Live Life Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.
Frida : Viva La Vida = Long Live Life
Biographical poems about the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. [2008 Honor Book]
2007
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: César : Sí, Se Puede! = Yes, We Can! Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.
César : Sí, Se Puede! = Yes, We Can!
Explore the life of Cesar Chavez, hero of Mexican migrant workers, in this story poem. [2006 Honor Book]
2004
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Tequila Worm Canales, Viola
The Tequila Worm
Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her compadres. [2006 Winner]
2005
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: An Island Like You : Stories of the Barrio Cofer, Judith Ortiz
An Island Like You : Stories of the Barrio
Twelve stories about young people caught between their Puerto Rican heritage and their American surroundings. [1996 Winner]
1995
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Living de la Pen~a, Matt
The Living
After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.[2014 Honor Book]
2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Lightning Dreamer : Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist Engle, Margarita
The Lightning Dreamer : Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist
In free verse, this fictionalization evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes.[2014 Honor Book]
2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Engle, Margarita
The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom
Poems that explore Cuba's fight for independence follow Rosa, a nurse who turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her, and where she does her best to help everyone, with no regard to race or nationality. [2009 Winner]
2008
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hurricane Dancers : the First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck Engle, Margarita
Hurricane Dancers : the First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
Quebrado has been a slave on Captain Bernadino de Talavera's pirate ship for years, but when a hurricane sinks the ship and kills most of the crew, Quebrado escapes to safety and finds acceptance and refuge in a nearby village. [2012 Honor Book]
2011
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Poet Slave of Cuba : a Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Engle, Margarita
The Poet Slave of Cuba : a Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
Juan Francisco Manzano was born in 1797 into the household of wealthy slaveowners in Cuba. He spent his early years at the side of his owner's wife, entertaining her friends. His poetry was his outlet, reflecting the beauty and cruelty of his world. Written in verse. [2008 Winner]
2006
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Firefly Letters : a Suffragette's Journey to Cuba Engle, Margarita
The Firefly Letters : a Suffragette's Journey to Cuba
Draws on little-known Cuban history to tell a stirring story in poetry. Based on the diaries and letters of Swedish suffragist Fredrika Bremer, who spent three months in Cuba in 1851, the story focuses on oppressed women, the privileged as well as the enslaved, in three alternating free-verse narratives. [2011 Honor Book]
2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: 90 Miles to Havana Flores-Galbis, Enrique
90 Miles to Havana
When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves. [2011 Honor Book]
2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel : a Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller Garza, Xavier
Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel : a Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller
RESUMEN: Maximilian, de 11 an~os, es fana´tico por la lucha libre, y despue´s de un encuentro con su luchador favorito, El Angel de La Guardia, empieza a sospechar que tiene una connexio´n i´ntima con El Angel. [2012 Honor Book]
2011
Spanish Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Reaching Out Jiménez, Francisco
Reaching Out
The first member of his family to go to college, Jimenez talks about coping with poverty, guilt over leaving his family, his loneliness and his self-doubt. [2009 Honor Book]
2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Breaking Through Jiménez, Francisco
Breaking Through
Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education. [2002 Honor Book]
2001
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Federico García Lorca Lázaro León, Georgina
Federico García Lorca
RESUMEN: La poesi´a li´rica en espan~ol de Georgina La´zaro evoca el espi´ritu y estilo de Federico Garci´a Lorca, el querido poeta y dramaturgo del siglo XX. La´zaro les proporciona a los nin~os una experiencia personal cercana con la literatura espan~ola cla´sica, en una biografi´a ilustrada. La escritora usa la cadencia y estilo de Lorca para crear un retrato del artista como un joven fra´gil y sensible que encuentra su fuerza vital en narraciones, canciones, juegos y libros. [2010 Honor Book]
2009
Spanish Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano Manzano, Sonia.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated--and dangerous. [2013 honor book]
2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Parrot in the Oven : Mi Vida Martinez, Victor
Parrot in the Oven : Mi Vida
Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a poor Chicano family in which the alcoholic father only adds to everyone's struggle. [1998 Winner]
1996
Teen Fiction Book
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