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Tomás Rivera Book Award

( Texas State University College of Education )



My Land Sings: Stories from the Rio Grande
by Anaya, Rudolfo

9780380729029Rudolfo A. Anaya; Amy Córdova (Illustrator); Rudolfo AnayaMy Land Sings: Stories from the Rio GrandeStories as beautiful and mysterious as the Rio Grande itself...A young Spanish man named Rolando journeys to the New World to find the legendary Fountain of Youth. But at what price will Rolando taste the waters of eternal life? On a dare, Lupe goes down to the river one night to search for la Llorona, a ghostly woman who walks in search of her drowned baby.Abel, a shepherd, saves a snake from a fire and in return is given the ability to understand the speech of animals.In these ten stories, Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima, draws on a rich Hispanic and Native American folklore tradition, capturing the rhythm of life along New Mexico's Rio Grande valley. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .A5186 My 2001
Publication Date:
1999







Breaking Through
by Jiménez, Francisco

9780618342488046442342483Francisco JiménezBreaking ThroughAt the age of fourteen, Francisco Jim#65533;nez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow during the late 1950s-early 1960s, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their good-heartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving, Pura Belpr#65533; Honor-winning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jim#65533;nez finishes telling the story of his youth. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .J57525 Br 2001
Publication Date:
2001







Los Gatos Black on Halloween
by Montes, Melissa

9780805074291Marisa Montes; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)Los Gatos Black on Halloween Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party Under October's luna , full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren't even there yet! This lively bilingual Halloween poem introduces young readers to a spooky array of Spanish words that will open their ojos to the chilling delights of the season. Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ8.3 M775 Gat 2006
Publication Date:
2008




Tómas and the Library Lady
by Mora, Pat

9780679804017Pat Mora; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)Tomas and the Library LadyA Common Core Exemplar Text by an award-winning author-illustrator team Tom#65533;s is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather's wonderful stories. But before long, Tom#65533;s knows all the stories by heart. "There are more stories in the library," Papa Grande tells him. The very next day, Tom#65533;s meets the library lady and a whole new world opens up for him. Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tom#65533;s Rivera, a child of migrant workers who went on to become the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system, this inspirational story suggests what libraries--and education--can make possible. Raul Col#65533;n's warm, expressive paintings perfectly interweave the harsh realities of Tom#65533;s's life, the joyful imaginings he finds in books, and his special relationships with a wise grandfather and a caring librarian. This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read-Aloud Stories) in Appendix B - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ73 .M78819 Tom 1997
Publication Date:
1997




Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
by Morales, Yuyi.

9780811837583765145101349Yuyi MoralesJust a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting BookIn this original trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle's door. He requests that she leave with him right away. "Just a minute," Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas -- and that's just the start! Using both Spanish and English words to tally the party preparations, Grandma Beetle cleverly delays her trip and spends her birthday with a table full of grandchildren and her surprise guest. This spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture is the perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish. The vivacious illustrations and universal depiction of a family celebration are sure to be adored by young readers everywhere. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ8.1 .M7955 Ju 2003
Publication Date:
2003







José! Born to Dance
by Reich, Susanna

9780689865763Susanna Reich; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)Jose! Born to Dance: The Story of Jose LimonJos#65533; was a boy with a song in his heart and a dance in his step. Born in Mexico in 1908, he came into the world kicking like a steer, and grew up to love to draw, play the piano, and dream. Jos#65533;'s dreaming took him to faraway places. He dreamed of bullfighters and the sounds of the cancan dancers that he saw with his father. Dance lit a fire in Jos#65533;'s soul. With his heart to guide him, Jos#65533; left his family and went to New York to dance. He learned to flow and float and fly through space with steps like a Mexican breeze. When Jos#65533; danced, his spirit soared. From New York to lands afar, Jos#65533; Lim#65533;n became known as the man who gave the world his own kind of dance. #65533;OL#65533;! #65533;OL#65533;! #65533;OL#65533;! Susanna Reich's lyrical text and Ra#65533;l Col#65533;n's shimmering artwork tell the story of a boy who was determined to make a difference in the world, and did. Jos#65533;! Born to Dance will inspire picture book readers to follow their hearts and live their dreams. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
GV1785 .L515 R45 2005
Publication Date:
2005















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Award Description
Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomas Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.

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