Center for Children’s Literature

Best Spanish Language Picture Book List & Award

The Best Spanish Language Picture Book prize is a biennial prize given to a book that was published or translated into Spanish. Award candidates are identified from the annual Best Spanish Language Picture Book of the Year list, which is 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, New York Public Library, and City University of New York.

As with its English language prizes and lists, the SLA of the CBC aims to 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.


2024 Spanish Language Picture Book Awards for Books Published or Translated in 2022 and 2023

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Gold Medal
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Silver Medal
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Silver Medal
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Silver Medal

Gold Medal

  • La guardiana de la libreta: Una historia de bondad desde la frontera por Stephen Briseño; ilustrado por Magdelena Mora; traducido por Juan Vicario.
    The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border by Stephen Briseño; illustrated by Magdalena Mora, translated by Juan Vicario.

A refugee transcribes the names of families seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border, and a young girl learns that kindness can exist anywhere. Colored pencil and gouache illustrations.

The jury said of La guardiana de la libreta, “This book makes the experience at the border meaningful and accessible for children, as well as exemplifies an act of humanity under severe distress. The writing is rich and the translation is thoughtful and nuanced. The book is beautifully designed with a gorgeous color palette and excellent back matter.”

Stephen Briseño Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2024 Acceptance Speech


Silver Medals

  • Los coquíes aún cantan: Un cuento sobre hogar, esperanza y reconstrucción por Karina Nicole González; ilustrado por Krystal Quiles; traducido por Amparo Ortiz.
    The Coquíes Still Sing: A Story of Home, Hope and Rebuilding by Karina Nicole González; illustrated by Krystal Quiles; translated by Amparo Ortiz.

When Category 4 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the community rebuilt neighborhoods and restored habitats. Vibrant, mixed-media illustrations. Extensive back matter.

Karina Nicole González Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2024 Acceptance Speech

Karina Nicole González Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2024 Acceptance Speech (in Spanish)

Krystal Quiles (illustrator) Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2024 Acceptance Speech


  • Cultivando a un artista: La historia de un jardinero paisajista y su hijo por John Parra, traducido por Adriana Domínguez.
    Growing an Artist: The History of a Landscaper and His Son by John Parra, translated by Adriana Domínguez.

Author and illustrator John Parra’s childhood experience about the bond between himself and his father, hard work, and the links between nature, art, and creativity. Acrylic illustrations.

John Parra Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2024 Acceptance Speech


  • Martina tiene muchas tías por Emma Otheguy; ilustrado por Sara Palacios; traducido por Emily Carrero Mustelier.
    Martina Has Too Many Tías by Emma Otheguy; illustrated by Sara Palacios, translated by Emily Carrero Mustelier.

In an updated version of the much-loved, magical Caribbean folktale “La Cucarachita Martina,” Martina experiences the love and magic of her eccentric group of aunts. Digital illustrations with a collage feel.

Emma Otheguy Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2024 Acceptance Speech


 


Spanish language picture book award 2024

2024 Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award

La guardiana de la libreta: Una historia de bondad desde la frontera
Gold Medal

  • Author: Stephen Briseño
  • Illustrator: Magdalena Mora
  • Translator: Juan Vicario