Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tomas Rivera Award 2008

Congratulations to Marisa Montes and Yuyi Morales!
Los Gatos Black on Halloween has been honored with the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award for books published in 2006-2008. Watch the video and celebrate with Marisa and Yuyi.

The Tomás Rivera Award is given annually to the author/illustrator of “the most distinguished book for children and young adults that authentically reflects the lives and experiences of Mexican Americans in the United States.” The book can be fiction or nonfiction. Children nominate books which are then narrowed by a regional committee. A national committee picks the winners.

New Book by Yuyi Morales

Just in Case

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596433299
ISBN-13: 978-1596433298

Yuyi Morales takes us on a new journey with Señor Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the Dead celebrations. Señor Calvera is worried. He can’t figure out what to give Grandma Beetle for her birthday. Misunderstanding the advice of Zelmiro the Ghost, Señor Calvera decides not to get her one gift, but instead one gift for every letter of the alphabet, just in case. Una Acordéon: An accordion for her to dance to. Bigotes: A mustache because she has none. Cosquillas: Tickles to make her laugh…only to find out at the end of the alphabet that the best gift of all is seeing her friends. Morales’s art glows in this heart-warming original tale with folklore themes, a companion book to her Pura Belpré-winning Just A Minute.

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