Congratulations to Xavier Garza! His bilingual book Juan and the Chupacabras/ Juan y el Chupacabras (Piñata Books) won the 2007 Tejas Star Book award.
This is the description of the book:
“The beast had dark green skin and glowing red eyes that were the size of two baseballs,” Abuelo tells his wide-eyed grandchildren. According to Abuelo, a creature called the Chupacabras lurks in the fields looking for fresh victims.
Young Juan and his cousin Luz savor Abuelo’s hair-raising stories. He tells the children of defeating terrifying fiends like the Chupacabras and La Llorona. The children cling to every word as he describes his brave stand-off with the Chupacabras, a terrifying beast with wings, claws and sharp fangs.
But yet they wonder if there’s more to his strange story than meets the eye. Plucky Luz hatches a plan to either disprove Abuelo’s tale or hunt down the menacing monster and put an end to it once and for all. Armed with a bag of marbles dipped in holy water and a sling shot, the children venture into a cornfield one moonless night in search of the truth.
Just like Chupacabras’s thirst for blood and the children’s appetite for Abuelo’s stories, young readers aged 3-7 will devour the pages of this exciting picture book that transmits the storytelling traditions of the Mexican-American community from one generation to the next.
*Ay, luna, luna, lunita by Yanitzia Cannetti. Illustrated by Angeles Peinador.
*El enmascarado de lata by Vivian Mansour
*Little Crow to the Rescue/ El cuervito al rescate by Victor Villaseñor. Illustrated by Felipe Ugalde alcántara.
*Lover Boy/ Juanito el cariñoso by Lee Merrill Byrd. Illustrated by Francisco Delgado.
*Playing Lotería/ El juego de la lotería by me :) René Colato Laínez. Illustrated by Jill Arena.
*Spoon for Every Bite/Una Cuchara Para Cada Bocado by Joe Hayes. Illustrated by Rebecca Leer.
*The Ruiz Street Kids/Los Muchachos de la Calle Ruiz by Diane G. Bertrand.
....And the nominees for the 2008 Tejas Star Book Award are:
Andricaín, Sergio (Comp). (2008). Arco Iris de Poesía: Poemas de las Américas y España.
Argueta, Jorge. (2006). La fiesta de las tortillas/The Fiesta of the Tortillas.
Brown, Mónica. (2007). Butterflies on Carmen Street/Mariposas en la calle Carmen.
Colato Laínez, René. (2005). I am René, the Boy/Soy René, el Niño.
Garza, Xavier. (2005). Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask: A Bilingual Cuento. Piñata Books [Arte Público]. ISBN: 093831792X (Hardback)
Pérez, Amada Irma. (2007). Nana’s Big Surprise/Nana, ¡Qué Sorpresa!
Romeu, Emma. (2007). El rey de las octavas.
Ruiz-Flores, Lupe. (2007). The Woodcutter’s Gift/El regalo
Tafolla, Carmen and Sharyll Teneyuca. (2008). That’s Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice/¡No es Justo! La lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia.
Zepeda, Gwendolyn. (2008). Growing up with Tamales/Los Tamales de Ana.
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