Rhode Island Latino Books Award

Promoting bilingual literature, illustrators and authors

The Rhode Island Latino Books Award (formerly Latino Books Month @RILA), now in its eighth year, promotes literacy amongst Latinos through the celebration of Latino authors, illustrators and books that highlight Latino culture and Latin American identity.
Through this year-long celebration, RILA encourages librarians, teachers, educators and booksellers to promote books written by and for Latinos, and we encourage all Rhode Islanders to read books in both English and Spanish and written by Latino authors/illustrators.
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Thank you to Raising Readers in Rhode Island for providing copies of our selected books for Latino Books Month.
For more information about the Rhode Island Latino Books Award and/or to participate, contact Maria Cotto, RILA's Latino Books Award Coordinator


For information about Rhode Island Latino Arts, contact
Marta V. Martínez, RILA'S Executive Director

For general queries, you can also use the "Contact Us" tab on the side of this page.
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To be on the Rhode Island Latino Books Award Selection Committee, contact Maria Cotto.

Click here to read more about how we select members and what is required if you serve.

2022 Book List

Grades K-2
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Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gómez

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How to Fold a Taco by Naibe Reynoso

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I Wish You Knew by Jackie Azua Kramer

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A Sled for Gabo by Emma Otheguy

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A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno by Anika Aldamuy Denise
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Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina
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We Laugh Alike | Juntos Nos Reimos by T. Bernier-Grand
Grades 3-5
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13th Street: Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats by David Bowles

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Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera

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Definitely Dominguita: Knight of the Cape by Terry Catasús

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Sharuko: Peruvian Archaeologist by Julio C. Tello

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What If a Fish by Anika Fajardo

Grades 6-8
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Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

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Flood City by Daniel José Older

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Santiago's Road Home by Alexandra Díaz

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Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster

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Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo

Teens (High School)
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Furia by Yamil Saied Méndez

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We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

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Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

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Running by Natalia Sylvester

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This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams