Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Américas Awards Ceremony 2009 Webcast

June 9th, 2010

The Library of Congress has put up the most recent Américas Award webcast from October 2009. The Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is sponsored by CLASP.

SPEAKER: John Y. Cole, Yuyi Morales, Margarita Engle
EVENT DATE: 10/17/2009
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes


Authors Yuyi Morales and illustrator Margarita Engle receive the 2008 Americas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature during the 16th award presentation hosted by the Library of Congress. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of the Latin American Studies Program (CLASP) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Library of Congress Hispanic Division and the Center for the Book hosted the event. Yuyi Morales was honored for her book “Just in Case: A Trickster’s Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book” (Roaring Brook, A Neal Porter Book, 2008). Born and raised in Mexico, Morales has been a radio producer and children’s book creator since coming to the United States. Her books have won numerous accolades, including the Pura Belpre Award for “Los Gators Black on Halloween.” Margarita Engle received the Pura Belpre Award and was honored for her novel “The Surrender Tree” (Henry Holt, 2008), which follows the story of Rosa, a real character who lived during Cuba’s bloody wars of independence in the 1860s and 1890s.

Listen to the Webcast

Speaker Biography: John Y. Cole is director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

Speaker Biography: Yuyi Morales is a writer and recipient of the Americas Award.

Speaker Biography: Margarita Engle is a writer and recipient of the Americas Award.