Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tomás Rivera Book Award Fundraiser

Friends, please consider making a donation. This is a worthy cause. Dr. Jesse Gainer does such a great job with this in faithfully pulling together a hugely successful award and award program annually. If you've never attended, treat yourself to a truly delightful opportunity at Texas State University. It's an awesome experience to be in an auditorium with literally hundreds of fourth-graders (800 last time I attended) from throughout the state of Texas that's attend this who listen carefully for hours at a time to the day-long program—and where us adults are the"loud ones." Ok, I'm guilty. Happily guilty... :-) 
Angela Valenzuela

The Tomás Rivera Book Award highlights exceptional quality children’s and young adult literature that reflects the Mexican American experience. We believe in the importance of multicultural literature for all people and the urgent need for all young people to see their languages and cultures reflected in the books they read. Each year we honor winners in categories for younger and older readers. We provide books for children, connect children to award-winning authors and illustrators, and encourage parents, teachers, librarians and other adults to engage with this literature with children and youth.

Please see our short informational video below.

From now until Thursday afternoon we are having a fundraiser. Donations are tax deductible and will go directly to the award. The money we raise will help us continue providing books, transportation, and other resources for children to participate in the annual award celebrations and to experience outstanding Mexican American children’s and YA literature. Please help us reach our goal of 300 donations by the end of the day on Thursday, September 22. Donations can be made at:

Thank you for your support of Mexican American Children’s and Young Adult Literature and of the Tomás Rivera Book Award.

Jesse Gainer
Tomás Rivera Book Award

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