Center for Children’s Literature

Best Spanish Language Picture Book 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.


2022 Spanish Language Picture Book Awards for Books

Published in 2020 and 2021

Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2021
Gold Medal
Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2021
Silver Medal
Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2021
Silver Medal
Spanish Language Picture Book Award 2021
Silver Medal

Gold Medal

  • Mis dos pueblos fronterizos por David Bowles; ilustrado por Erika Meza (Kokila)

View David’s Acceptance Speech (in English)

View David’s Acceptance Speech (in Spanish)

View Erica’s Acceptance Speech (in English)

View Erica’s Acceptance Speech (in Spanish)

Silver Medals

  • Evelyn del Rey se muda por Meg Medina; ilustrado por Sonia Sánchez (Candlewick)

View Meg’s Acceptance Speech (in English)

View Meg’s Acceptance Speech (in Spanish)

View Sonia’s Acceptance Speech (in Spanish)

  • Pulpo Guisado por Eric Velazquez (Holiday House)

View Eric’s Acceptance Speech

  • Sharuko: El arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello  por Monica Brown; ilustrado por Elisa Chavarri (Lee & Low)

View Monica’s Acceptance Speech

View Elisa’s Acceptance Speech

Media Releases


2021 Best Spanish Language Picture Book Award

Mis dos pueblos fronterizos
Gold Medal

  • Author: David Bowles
  • Illustrator: Erika Meza
  • Publisher: Kokila