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International Latino Book Awards

Cover image: Rebozos de palabras

Latino Literacy Now just presented the International Latino Book Awards on June 28. These awards are always fascinating in that they cover both children's and adult books, international authors and publishers, self-published books, and interesting categories, including Latino-focused and different subjects in nonfiction. I've listed a few of the winning titles below, but you might like to check out the complete list of winners and honorable mentions.

Teens! Get Ready for Blue Spruce Voting Time!

Did you know that the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is voted on ONLY by teens in 6th-12th grades? Here's your chance to help decide the most popular books for middle and high school students in Colorado!

The Denver Public Library will help you vote this year starting December 1! In order to vote, you need to have read at least THREE of the nominated titles, so start now! Voting will run from December 1-31, and can be done in person at any library branch or through DPL's Teen website. Anyone in 6th-12th grade can vote! We'll post our very own DPL winner in January along with the official state winner!

The 2011 Nominees, chosen by teens all over Colorado, are:

A sick day for Amos McGee

by Philip Christian Stead

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Amos McGee has a routine. Every morning he gets up, puts on his uniform, eats his oatmeal, and catches the bus to the zoo. Amos has many friends at the zoo and plays a special game with each one. One morning, Amos is sick and can't go to the zoo....

Brendan Buckley's universe and everything in it

by Sundee Tucker Frazier

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Eleven-year-old Brendan Buckley is a lot of things: an aspiring scientist, a tae kwon do warrior, and the child of a biracial marriage. He had a great relationship with his father's dad, but he's never even met his mother's father, and he's not sure why. When they accidentally meet up...

Good masters! Sweet Ladies! : voices from a medieval village

by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Nelly is a sniggler. Do you know what a sniggler is? It's a person who catches eels! In medieval times children did all sorts of jobs called very different things than they are today. Learn about tanners, villeins, and varlets. See how people lived in all different classes of medieval...

American born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

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The stories of Jin Wang, new to his school but NOT new to the U.S., the Monkey King of Chinese Fable, and Danny and his cousin Chin-Kee all intertwine in this graphic novel. Jin wants to fit in at his new school not be made fun of for being Chinese-American....

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