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The Best Spanish Language Picture Book prize will be awarded for the first time on March 10, 2020 at 6pm ET. The biennial prize will be given to a book that was published or translated into Spanish in 2018/2019. Award candidates are identified from the Children’s Book Committee’s (CBC’s) list Best Spanish Language Picture Book of the Year.
These lists are prepared by the Spanish Language Affiliate (SLA) of the Children’s Book Committee. The award jury is comprised of Spanish speaking members of the SLA, CBC, Bank Street College professors and alumni, New York Public Library and the City University of New York.
2020 Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award
Author: Isabel Quintero
Illustrator: Zeke Peña
Translator: Andrea Montejo
Publisher: Kokila, Penguin/Random House
2020 Silver Medals
¿DE DÓNDE ERES? / WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
by Yamile Saied Méndez; Illustrated by Jaime Kim
SEMBRANDO HISTORIAS: PURA BELPRÉ: BIBLIOTECARIA Y NARRADORA DE CUENTOS
PLANTING STORIES: THE LIFE OF LIBRARIAN AND STORYTELLER PURA BELPRÉ
by Anika Aldamuy Denise; Illustrated by Paola Escobar; Translated by Omayra Ortiz
MARIO Y EL AGUJERO EN EL CIELO: CÓMO UN QUÍMICO SALVÓ NUESTRO PLANETA
MARIO AND THE HOLE IN THE SKY: HOW A CHEMIST SAVED OUR PLANET
by Elizabeth Rusch; Illustrated by Teresa Martínez; Translated by Carlos E. Calvo
2020 Honorable Mentions
SOÑADORES / DREAMERS
by YuYi Morales
ALMA Y COMO OBTUVO SU NOMBRE / ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME
by Juana Martinez Neal
Keynote Speaker: Yuyi Morales Keynote
CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE AT BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
THE BEST CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS OF THE YEAR IN SPANISH
EL COMITÉ DE LIBROS INFANTILES DE BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
LOS MEJORES LIBROS INFANTILES EN ESPAÑOL
PLUS LIVE interviews with Yuyi Morales and Anika Aldamuy Denise
As with its English language prizes and lists the SLA of the CBC aims to help parents, teachers and librarians choose books that children will find captivating and transforming.The award is meant to encourage more publishers to create high-quality materials in Spanish for children.
About the Center for Children’s Literature
Learning to read gives a child a tool for acquiring information. Loving to read equips a child with an essential set of skills for developing a rich, imaginative and ever-expanding life.
Our mission is to create, identify, and advocate for the highest quality literature for all children from infancy through adolescence. We ensure that such literature is readily accessible to every child, and to foster in parents, educators, and policymakers a commitment to the principle that good literature is fundamental to literacy.
The Center will provide workshops, guides, and content for learning and social-emotional/ aesthetic development at all levels of childhood education.
The faculty of Bank Street College of Education seeks to address a growing challenge: the diminishing use of children’s literature in literacy programs, particularly in the early grades. As a result, many children are finding it much more difficult to “engage” in their own learning.
The components of the Center are the Children’s Book Committee, Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award, The Cook Prize, [email protected] Bank Street, and the Writers Lab. The Center is housed in the Bank Street College Library, home to a circulating collection of more than 68,000 children’s books.
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