12th Annual International Latino
Book Awards Winners Announced

In recognition of the many positive contributions being made to Latino literature by publishers and writers worldwide, Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes literacy and literary excellence within the Latino community, created the Latino Book Awards in 1999. The awards were presented during Book Expo America on May 25, 2010, at the Javits Center. This year we are introducing a new designation for those entries that swept the judges 1st place ballots: Triple Crown Award Winners.

The Winners
[Title - Author(s) or Illustrator (s) - Publisher]

Category A – Children and Young Adult Books

Best Educational Children’s Book - Spanish

First Place: Cambio Climático: Los Gases de Efecto Invernadero  - Daniel R. Faust  - Rosen Publishing
Second Place: Andy Warhol - Patricia Geis - Combel Editorial
Honorable Mention: Mitología Mesoamericana: Quetzalcóatl - Tom Danish - Rosen Publishing

Best Educational Children’s Book - Bilingual

First Place: Chiles- Inés Vaughn - Rosen Publishing
Second Place: Fun With ABC's - Loteria Style - Luciano Martinez  - Lectura Books
Honorable Mention: Chocolate - Inés Vaughn - Rosen Publishing
Honorable Mention: Corn/Maiz- Inés Vaughn - Rosen Publishing

Best Children’s Picture Book – English

First Place: What Can You Do With A Paleta? - Carmen Tafolla - Trycycle Press
Second Place: Diego: Bigger Than Life - Carmen T. Bernier-Grand - Marshall Cavendish
Honorable Mention: Lom and the Gnatters – Kurusa - Groundwood Books

Best Children’s Picture Book – Spanish

First Place: ¡Al Galope! - Rufus Butler Seder - Workman Publishing
Second Place: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Alicia en el pais de las delicias - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Hansel y Gretel y la casita endulzado - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A.
Honorable Mention: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Caperucita roja y el lobo glotón - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A.

Best Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual

First Place: My Papa Diego and Me/Mi papa Diego y yo - Guadalupe Rivera Marin - Children's Book Press
Second Place: I Know the River Loves Me/Yo se que el rio me ama - Maya Christina Gonzalez - Children's Book Press
Honorable Mention: Rene Has Two Last Names/René tiene dos apellidos - René Colato Laiñez - Arte Público Press
Honorable Mention: What Can You Do With A Paleta?/¿Que puedes hacer con una paleta? - Carmen Tafolla - Trycycle Press

Best Young Adult Fiction – English

First Place: Clara…Reencuentro con la vida - Gabriela Garcia-Williams – Self Published
Second Place: Who's Buried in the Garden - Ray Villareal - Arte Público Press
Honorable Mention: Mr. Clean’s Familia - David Bueno-Hill - Urbano Books

Best Young Adult Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: La Canción de Shao Li - Marisol Ortiz de Zárate - Bambú
Second Place: Dark Dude - Oscar Hijuelos - Editorial Everest
Honorable Mention: The Case of the Pen Gone Missing/El caso de la pluma perdida - René Saldaña, Jr. - Arte Público Press

Best Young Adult Nonfiction - English

First Place: Memories of My Colombia - Valentina Arango - Ediciones El Pozo

Best Young Adult Nonfiction - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Yes, You Can Too! The Life of Barack Obama/¡Tú También Puedes! La Vida de Barack Obama - Raquel Benatar - Laredo Publishing
Second Place:Alegria - Kilina Vela - Trafford
Honorable Mention: Penny, Caída Del Cielo - Jennifer L. Holm - Bambú

Best Young Adult Sports/Recreation – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Cuahutemoc Blanco - José María Obregón - Rosen Publishing – Triple Crown Award Winner
Second Place: Amor a la Colombiana - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Honorable Mention: Colorombia Animal - Camilo Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.

Category B – Nonfiction

Best Arts Book - English

First Place: Maria Brito - Juan Martinez - UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center - Triple Crown Award Winner
Second Place: Celia Alvarez Muñoz - Robert Tejada - UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Honorable Mention: Con Safo: The Chicano Art Group and the Battle of South Texas - Ruben C. Cordova - UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Best Arts Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Hugo Zapata - Hugo Zapata y Juan Luís Mejía - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Arte Internacional, Colección del Banco de la República - Beatriz González - Villegas Editores S.A.
Honorable Mention: Grabados Antiguos de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana  - Germán Rubiano Caballero - Villegas Editores S.A.

Best Biography - English

First Place: Of Earth & Sea - Marjorie Agosín - University of Arizona Press
Second Place: The Essays - Rudolfo Anaya - University of Oklahoma Press
Honorable Mention: The Ladies' Gallery - Irene Vilar - Other Press

Best Biography - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Cautiva: Testimonio de us Secuestro - Clara Rojas - Atria Books
Second Place: Las Penumbras del General. Vida y muerte de Francisco de Paula Santander - Victor Paz Otero - Villegas Editores S.A.
Honorable Mention: Vive tu Vida al Rojo Vivo: Secretos Para Triunfar en Todo - Maria Celeste Arranas - Atria Books
Honorable Mention: Frank Pais y la Revolucion Cubana - José Alvarez - Outskirts Press

Best Gift Book - English

First Place: Aim High Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic & Latina Women - Laura Contreras-Rowe - Self Published
Second Place: Hot. Passionate. And Illegal? Why (Almost) Everything You Thought About Latinos Just May Be True - Christián de la Fuente – Celebra, an Imprint of Penguin Group

Best Gift Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Colombia en Flor - Hugo Zapata y Juan Luís Mejía - Villegas Editores S.A. Triple Crown Award Winner
Second Place: Amor a la Colombiana - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Honorable Mention: El Manuscripto de Dios - Cesar Lacayo - Ediciones Internacionales

Best History/Political Book - English

First Place: Hero Street U.S.A. - Marc Wilson - University of Oklahoma Press
Second Place: Latinos and the Nation's Future - Henry Cisneros, Editor - Arte Público Press
Second Place: Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenon - Regina M. Marchi - Rutgers University

Best Reference Book – English - Tie

First Place: Chicana and Chicano Art - Carlos Francisco Jackson - University of Arizona Press
Latinos In College: Your Guide to Success - Mariela Dabbah - Consultare
Second Place: The Fire of Life: The Robert Legorreta-Cyclona Collection 1962-2002 - Robb Hernandez - UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Best Reference Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: MUTIS. La Real expedición Botánica del Nuevo Reyno de Granada - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Cafés de Colombia - Lilianna Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Honorable Mention: Sobre lo fantastico Mexicano - Cecilia Eudave - Letra Rosa Publisher

Best Cookbook - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Caperucita roja y el lobo glotón - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Alicia en el pais de las delicias - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Hansel y Gretel y la casita endulzado - Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: La cocina de los Estefan - Emilio Estefan y Gloria Estefan – Mosaico

Best Health Book – English

First Place: The Power of Your Metabolism - Frank Suarez - Metabolic Press – Triple Crown Award Winner
Second Place: Fit Home Team: The Posada Family Guide to Health, Exercise and Nutrition the Inexpensive and Simple Way – Laura Posada & Jorge Posada - Atria Books

Best Health Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Descubre Tu Estillo: Tu Guía Para Vestir Mejor - Martín Llorens - Random House Mondadori Triple Crown Award Winner
Second Place: El Derecho a la Sexualidad Masculina - Frank Suarez - Self Published

Best Parenting/Family Book - English

First Place: Parents Who Cheat. How Children and Adults Are Affected When Their parents Are Unfaithful - Ana Nogales - Health Communications, Inc.
Second Place: Fit Home Team: The Posada Family Guide to Health, Exercise and Nutrition the Inexpensive and Simple Way – Laura Posada & Jorge Posada - Atria Books

Best Parenting/Family Book - Spanish or Bilingual - Tie

First Place: Con el Alma Rota - Juan CarlosMartin Colea - Self Published
First Place: The Wooden Bowl - El bol de Madera - Ramona Moreno Winner - Brainstorm 3000
Second Place: En busca de Emma - Armando Lucas Correa - Rayo/Harper Collins

Best Religious Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: La Vírgen de Guadalupe - Antonía de Alva - Mosaico
Second Place: Sólo Amor - Sri Daya Mata - Self-Realization Fellowship
Second Place: El Yoga de Jesús - Paramahansa Yogananda - Self-Realization Fellowship
Honorable Mention: Toma Decisiones Que No lamentaras - T. D. Jakes - Atria Books

Best Self-help Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: El Factor X - El poder de la acción en focada - Dr. Camilo Cruz - Editorial Taller Del Exito
Second Place: Picos y Valles - Spencer Johnson - Atria Books
Honorable Mention: La Ley del Éxito - Paramahansa Yogananda - Self-Realization Fellowship
Honorable Mention: Recetas Para Enriquecer tu Vida Sexuale Como Disfrutar de la Sexualidad en el Matrimonio – Hector y Clemencia Zorrilla – Living Mission Ministries, Inc

Best Spiritual/New Age Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: El Yoga de Jesús  - Paramahansa Yogananda - Self-Realization Fellowship
Second Place: La Sabiduria del Alma - Dr. Zhi Gang Sha  - Atria Books
Honorable Mention: Meditaciones Metafisicas (revised) - Paramahansa Yogananda - Self-Realization Fellowship

Best Travel Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Amazonia Perdida. La odisea fotográfica en Colombia de Richard Evans Shultes - Wade Davis - Villegas Editores S.A. –Triple Crown Award Winner
Second Place: Medellin 360º, Cordial, Pujante y Bella - Cristina Abad y Carolina Jaramillo - Villegas Editores S.A.

Best Women’s Issues Book - English

First Place: Dancing with Butterflies - Reyna Grande - Atria Books
Second Place: Impossible Motherhood  - Irene Vilar - Other Press

Best Women’s Issues Book - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Cómo ahorro sin perder la cabeza - Ana Galán - Mosaico
Second Place: La Niña Adentro Del Closet - Benoni Coaud - Wekann Publishing Co.
Honorable Mention: Descubre Tu Estillo: Tu Guía Para Vestir Mejor - Martín Llorens - Random House Mondadori

Category C – fiction

Best Popular Fiction - English

First Place: B As In Beauty - Alberto Ferreras - Grand Central Publishing
Second Place: Hungry Woman in Paris  - Josefina López - Grand Central Publishing
Second Place: Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me? A Novel - Barbara Renaud Gonzalez - University of Texas Press
Honorable Mention: Dancing with Butterflies - Reyna Grande - Atria Books

Best Popular Fiction - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Diecinueve Minutos - Jodi Picoult - Atria Books
Second Place: Amor a la Colombiana - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Honorable Mention: Nos Vemos en Purgatorio - Ani Palacios McBride - Outskirts Press

Best Novel – Adventure or Drama - English

First Place: Sweet Mary - Liz Balmaseda - Atria Books
Second Place: The River Flows North - Graciela Limón - Arte Público Press
Honorable Mention: A Glass of Water - Jimmy Santiago Baca - Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Best Novel – Adventure or Drama – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Nos Vemos en Purgatorio - Ani Palacios McBride - Outskirts Press
Second Place: El Vencedor Está Solo - Paulo Coelho - Rayo
Honorable Mention: El monte Orígo - Rosario Barros, José A. Carbonell, Carlos A. Dueñas, Rafael G. Jolly, Juan R. Martos, Vicente A. Vásquez - Letra Rosa Publisher

Best Novel – Historical Fiction - English

First Place: Death and the American Dream - Daniel Cano - Bilingual Review Press
Second Place: Forgetting the Alamo, or, Blood memory: A Novel - Emma Perez - University of Texas Press
Honorable Mention: The Invisible Mountain - Carolina de Robertis - Alfred A. Knopf

Best Novel – Historical Fiction - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Las Penumbras del General. Vida y muerte de Francisco de Paula Santander - Victor Paz Otero - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: La Estrella de David - Daniel De Cordova - Anura Group

Best Novel – Mystery - English

First Place: Death at Solstice: A Gloria Damasco Mystery - Lucha Corpi - Arte Público Press

Best Novel – Romance - English

First Place: Vigil - Cecilia Samartin - Atria Books
Second Place: Clara…Encountering Life - Gabriela Garcia-Williams - Self Published

Best Novel – Romance - Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: La Pildora del mal Amor - Anjanette Delgado - Atria Books – Triple Crown Award Winner
Second Place: Clara…Reencuentro con la vida - Gabriela Garcia-Williams - Self Published

Best Poetry Book - English

First Place: The Art of Exile - William Archila - Bilingual Review Press
Second Place: Poema - Maurice Kilwein Guevara - University of Arizona Press
Second Place: The Strange House Testifies - Ruth Irupé Sanabria - Bilingual Review Press
Honorable Mention: Faith Run - Ray Gonzalez - University of Arizona Press

Category D – Design
[Title – Illustrator/Designer(s) - Publisher]

Best Cover Design

First Place: Colombia en Flor - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Hugo Zapata - Benjamin Villegas  - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Aim High Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic & Latina Women - Laura Contreras-Rowe  - Self Published
Honorable Mention: Boy of the Border - Antonio Castro L. - Sweet Earth Flying Press LLC

Best Cover Illustration

First Place: Amor a la Colombiana - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland - Maria Vasquez Boyd - Scapegoat Press
Honorable Mention: Cocinando cuentos de hadas: Caperucita roja y el lobo glotón - Helena Landínez - Villegas Editores S.A.

Best Interior Design

First Place: Colombia en Flor  - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Arte Internacional, Colección del Banco de la República - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Descubre Tu Estillo: Tu Guía Para Vestir Mejor - Armando Alvarez - Random House Mondadori

Best Use of Photos

First Place: Apalaanchi, pescadores Wayuu - Santiago Harker - Villegas Editores S.A.
Second Place: Medellin 360º, Cordial, Pujante y Bella - Benjamin Villegas - Villegas Editores S.A.
Honorable Mention: Shine Boy - José Galvez - Shine Boy Media

Category E – Audio

Best Children’s Audio Book – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Frédéric Chopin - Catherine Weill - Combel Editorial – Triple Crown Award Winner
Second Place: Aesop's Fables/Las Fabulas de Esopo - Georgette Baker - Cantemos
Honorable Mention: Mulitcultural Stories/Cuentos Multiculturales - Georgette Baker - Cantemos

Category F - The Mariposa Awards

Best First Book - English

First Place: Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz - Belinda Acosta - Grand Central Publishing
Second Place: Fit Home Team: The Posada Family Guide to Health, Exercise and Nutrition the Inexpensive and Simple Way - Laura Posada & Jorge Posada - Atria Books
Honorable Mention: Aim High Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic & Latina Women - Laura Contreras-Rowe - Self Published

Best First Book – Spanish - Tie

First Place: Cuantos del norte, historias del sol Hemi -  Garcia Linares - CasaTomada
First Place: La Estrella de David - Daniel De Cordova - Anura Group
Second Place: Cautiva: Testimonio de us Secuestro - Clara Rojas - Atria Books
Second Place: Descubre Tu Estillo: Tu Guía Para Vestir Mejor - Martín Llorens - Random House Mondadori
Honorable Mention: Clara…Reencuentro con la vida  - Gabriela Garcia-Williams - Self Published

In addition to these book awards, Latino Literacy Now also awards the Latino Literacy Now Lifetime Achievement Award for publishing excellence and, in association with noted actor, director and community activist Edward James Olmos, hosts the Latino Book & Family Festival series held annually in Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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