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2021 Award Winners

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth
Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth by Duncan Tonatiuh

Works For Younger Readers
Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth

by: Duncan Tonatiuh

Long ago, the gods of Mesoamerica set out to create humans. They tried many times during each sun, or age. When all their attempts failed and the gods grew tired, only one did not give up: Quetzalcóatl—the Feathered Serpent. To continue, he first had to retrieve the sacred bones of creation guarded by Mictlantecuhtli, lord of the underworld. Gathering his staff, shield, cloak, and shell ornament for good luck, Feathered Serpent embarked on the dangerous quest to create humankind.
Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings to life the story of Feathered Serpent, one of the most important deities in ancient Mesoamerica. With his instantly recognizable, acclaimed art style and grand storytelling, Tonatiuh recounts a thrilling creation tale of epic proportions.

The Spirit of Chicano Park/El espíritu del Parque Chicano
The Spirit of Chicano Park/El espíritu del Parque Chicano written by Beatrice Zamora, illustrated by Maira Meza

Works For Younger Readers
The Spirit of Chicano Park/El espíritu del Parque Chicano

Written by: Beatrice Zamora

Illustrated by: Maira Meza

Bettie and Bonky discover a magical park located in a most peculiar place, under a bridge! They learn to love their new home in Barrio Logan, a neighborhood with a rich history in San Diego, California. Through the eyes of a mystical Señora they travel through a historical journey of a community’s struggle to build a park. They learn the true history of Chicano Park and the importance of finding their voice and community action.

This historical fiction children's book tells the dynamic story of the people of Logan Heights and world-famous Chicano Park.  It is bilingual in English and Spanish and includes short biographies of several community champions in the back section.


Dreaming with Mariposas
Dreaming with Mariposas by Sonia Gutiérrez

Works For Older Readers
Dreaming with Mariposas
by: Sonia Gutiérrez

Dreaming with Mariposas, written in a Tomás Rivera and Sandra Cisneros bildungsroman vignette style, recounts the story of the Martínez family as told through the eyes of transfronteriza/transboundary Sofía “Chofi” Martínez. Chofi witnesses institutional racism, sexual harassment, and colorism and learns to navigate her parents’ dreams and her dreams as she discovers her superpower, the strength of her Mexican Indigenous heritage, and the spirit world.

Previous Award Winners

My Papi Has A Motorcycle
Written by Isabel Quintero
Illustrated by Zeke Pe
Written by Yuyi Morales
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
They Call me Güero, A Border Kid's Poems
Written by David Bowles
All Around Us
Written by Xelena González
Illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia
The First Rule of Punk
by Celia C. Pérez
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexcian Daughter
by Erika L. Sánchez

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

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