First awarded in 1993, the Américas Award is given in recognition of books that authentically and engagingly portray Latino/as in Latin America, the Caribbean or 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 unique in that selects Latino/a youth literature for classroom use and in that it focuses on the entire Western Hemisphere.
Scholars from the fields of literature, education, lbrary science, and theater engage with Latino/a Critical Race Theory (LatCrit) in this ecollection of essays about the Américas Award, the Award-winning and honored books, and the contexts in which the books are used. This collection offers essays on the history of the award, close readings of Award-winning and honored books situated in the classroom, and discussions of how best to use the books in the classroom, library and theater.
Lexington Books; December 2015
- ISBN: 9781498501613
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- Title: The Américas Award
Series: Children and Youth in Popular Culture
- Author: Laretta Henderson (ed.); Candace Doerr-Stevens (contrib.); Patricia Enciso (contrib.); Leanne M. Evans (contrib.); Wooseob Jeong (contrib.); Ruth McKoy Lowery (contrib.); Colleen E. Marsh (contrib.); Carmen Liliana Medina (contrib.); Jamie Campbell Naidoo (contrib.); Ruth Quiroa (contrib.); Roxanne Schroeder-Arce (contrib.); Denise Woltering Vargas (contrib.); Erin N. Winkler (contrib.); Vivian Yenika-Agbaw (contrib.)
Imprint: Lexington Books
In The Press
Containing essays from a range of critical viewpoints and perspectives on Latino/a children’s and young adult literature of the Americas, The Américas Award is...intellectually stimulating in ways that surpass the limited confines of its specialty subject matter.... By pulling together many disparate strands within this contentious field, the collection provides a timely and astute critique of the crisis of acculturation affecting American children’s literature today and its potentially devastating implications for multicultural awareness and harmony.... This volume, therefore, successfully shows the relevance of Latino/a literature not only as an important genre in its own right, but also as a lens through which to view the problems of race and culture that pervade American society, and as an example of the ways in which the children’s literature genre functions as a tool of acculturation and division.... The Américas Award: Honoring Latino/a Children’s and Young Adult Literature of the Americas provides an inspirational range of perspectives on the difficult question of multiculturalism for children.
About The Author
Laretta Henderson is associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature.