The Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature

The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), with additional support from LACC and other Latin American Studies centers at universities including Tulane, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, Stanford, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The award winners and commended titles are selected for their (1) distinctive literary quality; (2) cultural contextualization; (3) exceptional integration of text, illustration and design; and (4) potential for classroom use. The winning publication is honored at a ceremony held at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Webcasts: Américas Award Presentations, Library of Congress