Américas Book Award Workshops and Resources
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
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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
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
Author Margarita Engle
CLAS Workshop with Margarita Engle: February 27, 2018
Silver People (2015 Award Winner)
Author Francisco Jiménez
Jiménez English resources
- Educator's Guide - Breaking Through. Developed by the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, on behalf of CLASP.
- Study Guide - Breaking Through. Developed by Francisco Jiménez.
- Educator's Guide - The Circuit. Developed by the University of New Mexico, on behalf of CLASP.
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
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 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.
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