Cheyne Gallarde's book; Hispanic Star: Silvia Rivera-2024 receives Américas Award Honour

The Hispanic Star series, published by Macmillan’s imprint Roaring Brook Press, proudly celebrates Hispanic and Latinx heroes who have made remarkable contributions to American culture and have been undeniable forces in shaping its future.

Roaring Brook Press had got in contact with us back in May 2022, as they want to work with Cheyne Gallarde on a middle grade title about LGBTQ+ activist Sylvia Rivera.

Then recently… the 2024 Américas Award Committee and the Consortium for Latin American got in touch to say that this book, Hispanic Star: Silvia Rivera, has been selected as a 2024 Américas Award Honour Book. They received a record number of books this year with over 200 submissions. 

They added that they were so pleased to award such an important and informative book. They believe Hispanic Star: Silvia Rivera exemplifies distinctive literary quality, sensitive cultural contextualisation, exceptional integration of text/illustration/design, and potential for classroom use, and said that it is a remarkable book.

The Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). It was founded in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx cultures in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. Find out more here >

The official announcement was on the June 14, 2024, at the Latin American Studies Association Conference in Bogotá, Colombia, during the annual CLASP meeting. The Américas Award is coordinated by both Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies.

Congrats to both Cheyne Gallarde and Roaring Brook Press! Amazing achievement!

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