On Thursday 20 February, the winner of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award was announced.
This award is presented 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 award was established in 1995 and was named in honour of Dr. Tomás Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.
The criteria for the award is as follows:
- The book will be written for children and young adults (0-18 years).
- The text and illustrations will be of highest quality.
- The portrayal/representations of Mexican Americans will be accurate and engaging, avoid stereotypes, and reflect rich characterization.
- The book may be fiction or non- fiction.
This year’s award has been won by Isabel Quintero for the book My Papi Has a Motorcycle (Mi papi tiene una moto), illustrated by Zeke Peña (Kokila).
This book, available in both Spanish and English, is described as “a celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighbourhood … With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart.” You can find out more about the winning book on the publisher’s website.
Isabel Quintero (@isabelinpieces) is a writer from the Inland Empire of Southern California. She is also the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Zeke Peña (@zpvisual) makes comics and illustrations as an accessible way to remix history and explore complex issues. My Papi has a motorcycle is his first children’s book.
In addition to winning this prize, My Papi has a motorcycle has also won much acclaim elsewhere:
Pura Belpré Illustration Honor Award
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019
A Horn Book Best Children’s Book of 2019
A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2019
A Parents Magazine Best Children’s Book of 2019
NPR Book Concierge Pick 2019
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award
2020 TEXAS 2X2 READING LIST
Tejas Star Reading List Pick (Spanish edition)
2019 Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Book Award Finalist
Summer 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List
Follow the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award on Twitter @riverabookaward.