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2019 Award Winners

They Call me Guero by David Bowles

Works For Older Readers
They Call Me Guero
by: David Bowles

Twelve-year old Güero is Mexican American, at home with Spanish or English and on both sides of the river. He’s starting 7th grade with a woke English teacher who knows how to make poetry cool.

In Spanish, “Güero” is a nickname for guys with pale skin, Latino or Anglo. But make no mistake: our red-headed, freckled hero is puro mexicano, like Canelo Álvarez, the Mexican boxer. Güero is also a nerd—reader, gamer, musician—who runs with a squad of misfits like him, Los Bobbys. Sure, they get in trouble like anybody else, and like other middle-school boys, they discover girls. Watch out for Joanna! She’s tough as nails.

But trusting in his family’s traditions, his accordion and his bookworm squad, he faces seventh grade with book smarts and a big heart.

 

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Works For Younger Readers
Dreamers
by: Yuyi Morales

In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed.

She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous new picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.

Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.

The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.

A parallel Spanish-language edition, Soñadores, is also available.


Previous Award Winners

2018
All Around Us
Written by Xelena González
Illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia
2018
The First Rule of Punk
by Celia C. Pérez
2018
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexcian Daughter
by Erika L. Sánchez
2017

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Illustrated by Rafael López

2017
The Memory of Light
by Francisco X. Stork
2016
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
2016
Out of Darkness
by Ashley Hope Pérez
2015
Separate is Never Equal
Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
2015
Gabi: A Girl in Pieces
by Isabel Quintero
2014
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale
Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
2014
Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People
Written and Illustrated by Susan Goldman Rubin
2013
Under the Mesquite
Written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
2012
Sylvia and Aki
Written by Winifred Conkling
Diego Rivera His World and Ours
2012
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
2011
Bait
by Alex Sanchez
2010
What Can You Do With a Paleta?
Written by Carmen Tafolla
Illustrated by Magaly Morales
2009
The Holly Tortilla and a Pot of Beans
Written by Carmen Tafolla
2009
He Forgot to Say Goodbye
Written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
2008
Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Written by Marisa Montes
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
2007
Downtown Boy
by Juan Felipe Herrera
2006
José! Born to Dance
Written by Susanna Reich
Illustrated by Raúl Colón
2005
Becoming Naomi León
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
2004
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Written and Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
2003
A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana
Written by Pat Mora
Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
2002
Breaking Through
by Francisco Jiménez
2001
My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito
Written by Amada Irma Pérez
Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
2000
My Land Sings: Stories of the Rio Grande
Written by Rudolfo Anaya
Illustrated by Amy Córdova
1999
The Three Pigs/Los Tres Cerdos: Nacho, Tito and Miguel
Written and Illustrated by Bobbi Salinas
1998
Tomás and the Library Lady
Written by Pat Mora
Illustrated by Raúl Colón
1997
In My Family/En Mi Familia
Written and Illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza
1996
The Farolitos of Christmas
Written by Rudolfo Anaya
Illustrated by Edward Gonzales
1996
Chato's Kitchen
Written by Gary Soto
Illustrated by Susan Guevara