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The 2008 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature winners have just been chosen and we are excited to announce that A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z) was selected as a Commended Title!

The award winners and commended titles are selected for their 1) distinctive literary quality; 2) cultural contextualization; 3) exceptional integration of text, illustration and design; and 4) potential for classroom use.

The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). 

Join us in this fun and educational journey through the Caribbean islands, one letter at a time.  From Aruba to Trinidad and from Alligator to Yam, you will learn the names of many of the islands, plus fascinating facts about them.  A Caribbean astronaut? From which island? Seals in these tropical waters? An island with over 300 rivers? And what is a cokí? Beautifully illustrated, this is a book that readers of all ages will enjoy opening again and again.  And wait until you see what happened to the Z…

 

If you’re not familiar with A Caribbean Journey from A to Y yet, we encourage you to check it out! The book is available at your favorite bookstore, or online at amazon.combarnesandnoble.com and many other booksellers on the web.

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“A Caribbean Journey from A to Y, written by Mario Picayo and illustrated by Earleen Griswold, describes insular portions of the Caribbean region in a manner that truly teaches and delights the child reader for whom the book is intended.”
                            -Silvio Torres-Saillant, Author of Caribbean Poetics and An Intellectual History of the Caribbean 


The text, simple enough for very small children to understand and sophisticated enough to entertain and educate older ones, offers way more than any ABC book I’ve seen to date.”

-Tanya Torres, Artist, Cultural Acitivist, and Writer, New York

 

 

 

 

 

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In September of 2007, Mario Picayo came out with his first children’s book, A Caribbean journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z). The book takes the reader on a fun, educational, and wonderfully illustrated (by Native American artist Earleen Griswold) journey around the many islands that make up the Caribbean. Unlike other traditional abc books, A Caribbean Journey from A to Y seperates and explains why Z is a crucial part of the Caribbean (giving some historic background). The books was reviewed by Tanya Torres, an artist and cultural activist who resides in New York. The following is an excerpt of the review.

“And Puerto Rico, the island Julian and I know best, having observed lizards and birds there (he talks and I listen!), is only one of the islands that appears in this colorful, informative and entertaining book full of interesting facts about the islands in and near to the Caribbean sea. Each letter contains a list of names beginning with that letter, and the text, simple enough for very small children to understand and sophisticated enough to entertain and educate older ones, offers way more than any ABC book I’ve seen to date.”

You can read the full version in English or in Spanish

In another review that was written by Silvio Torres-Saillant, who is the author of Caribbean Poetics and An Intellectual History of the Caribbean, noted that he could 

“think of no better book for children to begin the life-long adventure of knowing the Caribbean.”

Click here for the full review.