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Américas Book Award Workshops and Resources

Américas Book Award Logo

The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) founded the Américas Book Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States; and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. The Américas Award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere.


The Center for Latin American Studies offers exciting workshops focusing on strategies to incorporate Latin American and Latino children’s and young adult literature into the classroom.

Upcoming Workshops at Stanford University

To be informed of the next workshop date, join our CLAS for Educators email list.

Global Read Webinar

The World Area Book Awards sponsor a webinar series on award-winning books, including the Américas Book Award. The webinars include a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. Participants are encouraged to read the books with their colleagues, students, and community prior to the webinar. For more information on the 2023 webinars and recordings of past webinars, visit the Global Read Webinar Series.

Teacher Resources for Américas Award Books

CLASP Resources

For educators' guides and additional resources on all current and past Américas Award recipients and honorable mentions, visit the Américas Award website and Facebook page.

CLAS Resources

Author Benjamin Alire Sáenz

CLAS Workshop with Benjamin Alire Sáenz, with CCSRE's Dr. Rigoberto Marquéz: February 24, 2021

Educators Guide - Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood. Developed by the University of New Mexico, on behalf of CLASP.



Author Jorge Argueta

CLAS Workshop with Jorge Argueta: May 16, 2017

Educators Guide - We Are Like the Clouds. Developed by Stanford University (SPICE and CLAS), on behalf of CLASP.

PowerPoint Presentation

Educator Resource Sheet

Author Margarita Engle

CLAS Workshop with Margarita Engle: February 27, 2018

Silver People (2015 Award Winner)

Educator's Guide - Silver People. Developed by Stanford University (SPICE and CLAS), on behalf of CLASP.

PowerPoint Presentation

Educator Resource Sheet

Author Francisco Jiménez

Memoir Series: The Circuit (1997 Award Winner), Reaching OutBreaking Through (2001 Award Winner), Taking Hold

CLAS Workshop with Francisco Jiménez - Presentation Videos - Resource Guide

Jiménez English resources

Jiménez Spanish resources

  • Una nota del autor (Cajas de cartón)  - by Francisco Jiménez
  • Preguntas (Cajas de cartón) - by Francisco Jiménez
  • Preguntas (Senderos fronterizos) - by Francisco Jiménez
  • Preguntas (Más allá de mí) - by Francisco Jiménez

Author Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson

Educator's Guide - The School the Aztecs Built. Developed by Stanford University (SPICE and CLAS), on behalf of CLASP.

Author Duncan Tonatiuh

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (2014 Honorable Mention)

CLAS Workshop with Duncan Tonatiuh and Tomás Jiménez, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Stanford’s Comparative Studies in Race in Ethnicity program (2015-2018) - Presentation Videos - Presentation Slides

Educator's Guide - Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote. Developed by the University of New Mexico, on behalf of CLASP.

Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America through Literacy & Literature

Vamos a Leer is run through the University of New Mexico's Latin American & Iberian Institute, and is dedicated to providing K-12 educators with more information about books related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latin@s in the US. Their goal is to create and compile resources that teachers could access anywhere at any time, and to provide the space for national or even international dialogue. Most importantly, they aim to encourage educators to use great literature to create globally literate students, to engage in authentic discussions of culture, and to think about social justice issues.

We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. Follow We Need Diverse Books on Facebook.


CLAS is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC). Supported by the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of Title VI, Section 602(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, NRCs serve to strengthen access to and training in the major languages of their respective regions, and to broaden area studies training across all disciplines.