Center for Children’s Literature

Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award

The Best Spanish Language Picture Book prize will be awarded for the first time on March 10, 2020. The biennial prize will be given to a book that was published or translated into Spanish in  2018/2019. Award candidates are identified from the Children’s Book Committee’s (CBC’s) list Best Spanish Language Picture Book of the Year

These lists are prepared by the Spanish Language Affiliate (SLA) of the Children’s Book Committee. The award jury is comprised of Spanish speaking members of the SLA, CBC, Bank Street College professors and  alumni, New York Public Library and  City University of New York.

CBC Spanish Gold Medal


As with its English language prizes and lists the SLA of the CBC aims help parents, teachers and librarians choose books that children will find captivating and transforming.

The award is meant to encourage more publishers to create high quality materials in Spanish for children.

my papi rides a motorcycle

2020 Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award

Mi Papi Tiene Una Moto / My Papi Has a Motorcycle
Gold Medal

  • Author: Isabel Quintero
  • Illustrator: Zeke Peña
  • Translator: Andrea Montejo
  • Publisher: Kokila, Penguin/Random House

where are you from?
planting stories mario and the hole in the sky

2020 Silver Medals

  • ¿De dónde eres? / Where Are You From? By Yamile Saied Méndez; Illustrated by Jaime Kim (Harper Collins)
  • Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos / Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; by Anika Aldamuy Denise; Illustrated by Paola Escobar; Translated by Omayra Ortiz (Harper Collins)
  • Mario y el agujero en el cielo: Cómo un químico salvó nuestro planeta / Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch; Illustrated by Teresa Martínez; Translated by Carlos E. Calvo (Charlesbridge)

2020 Honorable Mentions

  • Soñadores / Dreamers by YuYi Morales (Holiday House)
  • Alma y como obtuvo su nombre / Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez Neal (Candlewick)