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Congratulations to the 2014 Tomàs Rivera Book Award Winners!!

Pancho Rabbit and the coyote: A migrant’s tale

Book Synopsis:

Papá Rabbit leaves Mexico one spring to find work in the US to feed his family when there is no harvest in his fields. On the night of his planned return home, the family prepares a special homecoming for Papá Rabbit. When he does not arrive, his son, Panchito decides to search for his father and accepts Coyote’s offer to guide him toward the US border. After a long and difficult journey when their resources are gone and both Panchito and Coyote are famished, Coyote decides to make a meal of Panchito! Duncan Tonatiuh’s story brilliantly delivers an authentic portrayal of an immigration experience. The rich illustrations guide the reader to identify with Panchito’s courage, the perils he faces, and his passion for finding his father.

Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. He is a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, where he studied writing and illustration. His first book, Dear Primo, won the 2011 Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration, and Diego Rivera won the 2012 Pura Belpré Illustration Award and the 2012 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award. His most recent title, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, received the Pura Belpré Honor for illustration and narrative. Tonatiuh now lives in Mexico.


Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People

Book Synopsis

In Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People, Susan Goldman Rubin promotes Diego Rivera’s life and artwork. Unquestionably, Rivera is on of one of the most prominent painters and muralists from Mexico and Goldman characterizes it in this colorful and artistic book. This book is a mural itself that brilliantly embodies not only Rivera’s life and career, but it also represents Mexico’s history and identity process through Diego Rivera’s artwork in Mexico and the United States. A concise and clearly written narrative accompanies a series of carefully selected and exceptional high quality images distributed throughout its pages. Both, the images and the text are meticulously organized to engage young readers and immerse them in to Diego Rivera’s world. Diego Rivera believed that art should be accessible for the people; therefore, this book is definitely a piece of art that should be available in every library and classroom throughout the United Sates to offer a multicultural perspective of the world. This is a book that epitomizes Mexican art, life, and culture that has not only influenced Mexican and Mexican Americans societies but, through a wider lens, the world.

Susan Goldman Rubin grew up in the Bronx and dreamed of becoming an artist. She illustrated her first three picture books but then turned to writing nonfiction, mainly about art and history, and is the author of more than 55 books for young people. Her titles include Diego Rivera: An Artist For The People, They Call Me A Hero: A Memoir of My Youth, Music Was It! Young Leonard Bernstein, and the forthcoming: Everyone Paints! The Art and Lives of the Wyeth Family. Susan has also explored Judaica themes. Some of her titles are Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America, Haym Salomon: American Patriot, Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin, a Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book. Susan lives in Malibu, California, and has been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for 20 years.

Author Award Presentation

2013 Author Award Presentation

Join us for our upcoming Author Award Presentation on Thursday, October 24


LBJ Ballroom in Student Center at Texas State University—San Marcos

Upcoming Reception and talk by Sylvia Mendez

Critical Issues of Equity in Education

Reception and talk by Sylvia Mendez
Thursday, October 25
The Wittliff Collections on 7th floor of Alkek Library, Texas State University—San Marcos

Rivera Award Author Presentations

2012 Rivera Award Author Presentations

Thursday, October 25


LBJ Ballroom in Student Center at Texas State University—San Marcos

Tafolla, Morales honored with 2009 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award

SAN MARCOS – How many uses are there for a traditional Mexican popsicle treat on a hot summer day? Turns out there are quite a few, and for that the book What Can You Do with a Paleta?, written by Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Magaly Morales, has been named the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award recipient for works published in 2008-09.

Tafolla is a repeat honoree, having previously won for her book The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans. The award, established at Texas State University-San Marcos in 1995, is designed to encourage authors, illustrators and publishers to produce books that authentically reflect the lives of Mexican American children and young adults in the United States.

The award will be presented this fall on the Texas State campus with additional events scheduled in cooperation with the Texas Book Festival to be announced. The Tomás Rivera considers works in two categories: “Works for Older Children/Young Adult” and “Works for Younger Children,”with each category under consideration in alternate years. This year’s winner was nominated as “Works for Younger Children.” More than 40 books published in 2008 and 2009 in this category were considered for this year’s Tomás Rivera Award.

What Can You Do with a Paleta? takes readers on a joyous stroll through the barrio while considering all the different things that may be done with a paleta–an icy, fresh-fruit treat. Tafolla’s inventive and poetic writing, coupled with Morales’ vibrant illustrations, work to portray the beauty of the barrio and the importance of community.

Living and writing in her hometown of San Antonio, Tafolla has cultivated a reputation as a folklorist of the Chicano-Mexicano community. Her work has been recognized at the Texas Book Festival, UCI National Literary competition and Wellington International Poetry Festival. Her children’s books include That’s Not Fair!: Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice/ No es Justo!: La Lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la Justicia, What Can You Do with a Rebozo? and Baby Coyote and the Old Woman.

Morales is a native of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, where she showed interest in painting and design from an early age. Her other illustrative works include A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora and Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown. Morales lives in Mexico with her husband and children where she works as a freelance designer and physical education teacher.

The 2010 Rivera Award Committee also named one honor book: Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.

After determining the winner of the award, the National Committee may choose to name honor books. Honor books are books that are deemed by the committee to be distinguished and truly representative of the spirit of the award. There is no set number of books to be named in this category. In the event that more than one book is named, they are announced in alphabetical order, by author, to accord equal honor to all of the books.