Monday, June 6, 2016

Americas and South Asia Book Awards Announced

Diversity advocates, rejoice! Two major awards for youth books have recently been announced. What I love about both of these awards is that they have subject experts who join teachers and librarians on the committees so that authenticity and literary considerations are both celebrated and examined.

The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) last week announced it's 2016 Americas awards. The Americas Awards commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children's and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the US.

Pam Munoz Ryan's Echo and Ashley Hope-Perez's Out of Darkness were the award winners. CLASP also recognized a number of other books. Check the link for the full list!

Last month, the South Asia Book Awards were announced.  These awards recognize outstanding youth literature that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad.

Mitali Perkin's Tiger Boy and Mathangi Subramanian's Dear Mrs. Naidu were the winners. A number of books were also highly recommended.

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