Children鈥檚 Book Committee Announces Best Spanish Language Picture Book Awards

On January 23, the Children鈥檚 Book Committee (CBC) at 绿帽社 announced the recipients of its Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award/Premio, Mejor Libro Infantil in recognition of outstanding children鈥檚 books published or translated in Spanish.

Presented biennially, the award winners are selected by the Spanish Language Affiliate of the CBC, which includes Spanish-speaking members of the committee; 绿帽社 alumni, faculty, and staff; and others who began the selection process by reviewing titles for its Best Children鈥檚 Picture Books of the Year in Spanish annual list. This year鈥檚 award honors exceptional 2022 and 2023 titles that provide greater insight into Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, or Latinx culture in the United States and are culturally authentic in text and artwork.

鈥溌堂鄙 is proud to present our Best Spanish Language Picture Book Awards to help parents, educators, and librarians select high-quality titles in Spanish for children that are captivating and transformative,鈥 said Cynthia Weill, Director, 绿帽社 Center for Children鈥檚 Literature. 鈥淥ur award winners were selected for their ability to engage young readers through rich language and vibrant illustration, as well as for accurately portraying the experiences of the Spanish-speaking world, fostering a love for reading and cultural understanding.鈥

2024 Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award/Premio, Mejor Libro Infantil winners

This year, La guardiana de la libreta: Una historia de bondad desde la frontera/The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border written by Stephen Brise帽o, illustrated by Magdalena Mora, and translated by Juan Vicario received the gold medal. The inspiring story based on true events follows a mother and daughter as they arrive at the US border from Mexico and meet the Notebook Keeper, a refugee who transcribes the names of families seeking asylum.

The committee noted the book鈥檚 powerful message鈥攖hat kindness can exist anywhere鈥攁nd said that it 鈥渕akes the experience at the border meaningful and accessible for children, as well as exemplifies an act of humanity under severe distress.鈥

Several other excellent books received silver medals for the Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award, including Los coqu铆es a煤n cantan: Un cuento sobre hogar, esperanza y reconstrucci贸n/The Coqu铆es Still Sing: A Story of Home, Hope, and Rebuilding by Karina Nicole Gonz谩lez, illustrated by Krystal Quiles, translated by Amparo Ortiz; Cultivando a un artista: La historia de un jardinero paisajista y su hijo/Growing an Artist: The History of a Landscaper and His Son by John Parra, translated by Adriana Dom铆nguez; and Martina tiene muchas t铆as/Martina Has Too Many T铆as by Emma Otheguy; illustrated by Sara Palacios; translated by Emily Carrero Mustelier.

鈥淭he award selection was such a joyful process with our judges sharing their own cultural connections and the ways they would use the books in their classrooms and libraries,鈥 said Susie R铆os, teacher, 绿帽社 School for Children, and member, Children鈥檚 Book Committee, who served as moderator of the award jury. 鈥淐hildren love to learn about unfamiliar cultures and share their own culture and experiences. In these award books, children will see themselves in ways that they may have not seen themselves before.鈥

To celebrate the awards, recordings of acceptance speeches by the gold and silver medalists will be available in February at .

The Best Spanish Language Picture Book Awards will be announced every two years. Books published in 2024 and 2025 may be submitted for consideration for the next awards taking place in 2026.