Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tejas Star Book Award 2011-2012 Winner

The Tejas Star Book Award was created by the Region One ESC Library Advisory Committee to promote reading in general and for readers to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. All the children of Texas had the opportunity to select their favorite book from the Tejas Star list during the 2011-2012 school year.

Congratulations to James Luna and Laura Lacámara! The Runaway Piggy/ El cochinito fugitivo (Arte Publico Press/ Piñata Books) won the 2011-2012 Tejas Star Book award.

 This is the description of the book:

This rollicking bilingual picture book re-tells 
a familiar story with a Latino twist

The sun shines through the windows of Martha’s Panadería onto the shelves of freshly baked treats. The bakery holds tray after tray of hot Mexican sweet bread—conchas, orejas, cuernitos, empanadas, and cochinitos—all ready for hungry customers.

In the classic tradition of The Gingerbread Man, James Luna’s piggy cookie leaps off the baking tray and takes the reader on a mad dash through the barrio, past Lorenzo’s Auto Shop, Nita’s Beauty Salon, Leti’s Flower Shop, and Juana’s Thrift Shop.

The telephone repairman, the bus driver . . . each person the piggy encounters is greeted by his laugh and the repeated refrain: “Chase me! Chase me down the street! But this is one piggy you won’t get to eat! I ran away from the others and I’ll run away from you!” The cochinito fugitivo avoids being eaten by the long line of people chasing him through the neighborhood streets . . . until he meets a crafty little girl named Rosa!

Children—and adults too—will delight in the clever piggy’s escape from Martha’s Panadería in this entertaining retelling of a familiar story set in a colorful Latino neighborhood. A recipe to make Mexican gingerbread pig cookies is included in both English and Spanish.

The 2011-2012 Tejas Star Book Award finalists are:

El mejor regalo del mundo: la leyenda de La Vieja Belen = 
The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belen
Alvarez, Julia, and Ruddy Nuñez (Illus.)
2009 Miami, Fla: Alfaguara

Arroz con leche : un poema para cocinar = 
Rice Pudding: A Cooking Poem
Argueta, Jorge,  and Fernando Vilela (Illus.)
2010 Toronto: Groundwood Books

Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez = 
Lado a lado : la historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez
Brown, Monica, and Joe Cepeda (Illus.)
2010 New York: Rayo

Braids = 
Contreras, Kathleen, and Margaret Lindmark (Illus.)
2009 New York: Lectorum

From North to South = 
Del Norte al Sur
Colato Lainez, Rene, and Joe Cepeda (Illus.)
2010 San Francisco, Calif: Children's Book Press

Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil and Other Stories = 
Kid Ciclon se enfrenta a El Diablo y otras historias
Garza, Xavier
2010 Houston: Piñata Books

Dance, Nana, Dance = 
Baila, Nana, baila : Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish
Hayes, Joe, and Mauricio Trenard Sayago (Illus.)
2008 El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press

Floating on Mama's Song = 
Flotando con la canción de mamá
Lacamara, Laura, and Yuyi Morales (Illus.)
2010 New York: Katherine Tegen Books

Pepita and the Bully = 
Pepita y la peleonera
Lachtman, Ofelia Dumas, and Alex Pardo DeLange (Illus.)
2011 Houston, Tex: Piñata Books

Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American tales = 
Había una vez: cuentos tradicionales latinoamericanos
Martinez, Rueben, and Raul Colon (Illus.)
2010 New York, NY: Rayo

Gracias = 
Mora, Pat, and John Parra (Illus.)
2009 New York: Lee & Low Books

Grandma's Chocolate = 
El chocolate de abuelita
Price, Mara, and Lisa Fields (Illus.)
2010 Houston, Tex: Piñata Books

The Dog Who Loved Tortillas = 
La perrita que le encantaban las tortillas
Saenz, Benjamin Alire, and Geronimo Garcia (Illus.)
2009 El Paso, Tex: Cinco Puntos Press

I Kick the Ball =
Pateo el balón
Zepeda, Gwendolyn, and Pablo Torrecilla (Illus.)
2011 Houston, Tex: Piñata Books


Maria Elena Ovalle said...

Thank you for supporting the Tejas Star Book Award in La Bloga.

Lupe Ruiz-Flores said...

Congratulations to James and Laura. So proud of both of you. Well deserved!