Award Programs

In addition to the 2,171 authors and publishers honored by the Int’l Latino Book Awards since 1998 there’s Latino Books into Movies Awards (since 2010) that has honored 89 books as appropriate for being made into a TV show or movie in 16 different categories. The are judged by directors, producers, screenwriters, and other entertainment professionals. Projects in the entertainment industry tend to take a long time and we are confident that more than a few of these books will end up as a movie or TV show from all the feedback we’ve had.

The International Latino Book Awards are held annually by Latino Literacy Now, a California 501c3 non-profit, in conjunction with Las Comadres para las Americas, and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (an affiliate of the American Library Association).




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Awards Timeline

September 8, 2018 – The Award Winning Author Recognition Weekend.

The Int’l Award Winning Author Tour will continue through the end of the year & beyond

December, 2018. Early bird deadline for the 2019 International Latino Book Awards. Discount applies.

March 2, 2019. Deadline for the 2019 International Latino Book Awards

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About the International Latino Book Awards

The International Latino Book Awards has grown over the last two decades to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Over the years 2,404 authors and publishers have been honored for their work with Children’s, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Fiction, eBooks, Design, Translation, and Best First Books. The books have been in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and bilingual formats.

Winners of the International Latino Book Awards have included many of the best-known Latino authors including Rodolfo Acuña, Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, José Antonio Burciaga, Denise Chavéz, Paulo Coelho, Dr. Camilo Cruz, Junot Díaz, Gabriel García Márquez, Reyna Grande, Oscar Hijuelos, Edna Iturralde, Mario Vargas Llosa, Josefina López, Pablo Neruda, Ana Nogales, Jose Luis Orozco, Alisa Valdes, and Victor Villaseñor. U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez are all winners. Winners have also included well-known figures from other professions including Entertainers like Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Cheech Marin, Rick Najera, Jenni Rivera, Linda Ronstadt and Carlos Santana; Sports notables Laurie Hernandez, Oscar de la Hoya and Jorge Posada; Media figures like Martín Llorens, Jorge Ramos, Teresa Rodríguez, Ray Suarez, and Lilliana Vasquez; Public notables like Henry Cisneros and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; and Chefs like Paulina Abascal, José Garcés, Pati Jinich, Chef Lala, and Daisy Martinez. Amazingly, sales of books by past ILBA winning authors have totaled more than 200 million copies!

The Awards have been growing rapidly. Winners have been from across the USA and at least 17 countries in Latin America, Spain and a dozen countries elsewhere. Winning books are promoted at a wide variety of key book industry trade events, educational conferences, Latino community and other consumer events. Latino Literacy Now has developed a series of important partnerships with organizations like the California State University, Dominguez Hills; Las Comadres de las Americas; REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos; Libros Publishing; and Scholastic.

Partners of the International Latino Book Awards

Las Comadres Para Las Americas

Las Comadres Para Las Americas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, launched in Austin, TX in 2000 and has grown to include members in 100 cities or regions in the USA, Puerto Rico, London and soon in Canada. Its 15,000 members stay connected and build community through social media, teleconferences and local monthly events known as Comadrazos.

Las Comadres mission is to create opportunities for Latinas through community, culture, technology, and education. A major focus of Las Comadres is to promote reading of Latino authors and to raise their visibility.

Created Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club and Author Teleconference Series.

Began as author teleconferences in 2006, expanded to book club in 2008 to promote and support the work of Latino authors with readers and bookstores.

Active in 18 cities representing 11 states. Association of American Publishers member organizations collaborate with Las Comadres as part of AAP’s Publishing Latino Voices for America Task Force.

Membership is open to all and free of charge.

Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conferences offer insider-knowledge on navigating the publishing industry and access to editors and agents to pitch story ideas.


REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, works for the following goals:

To promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language & Latino oriented materials

To recruit more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff across the United States

To develop library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community

To establish a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals

To educate the U.S. Latino population about the availability and types of library services they can access

To lobby for preservation and expansion of library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos

Our activities include: scholarships for persons interested in becoming librarians in Latino communities; awards for outstanding library services to Latinos; national conferences for librarians; toolkits and networking opportunities. REFORMA was established in 1971 and is an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA).

We warmly invite all interested persons to join us in our efforts! To join or donate, visit

2018 International Latino Book Awards Ceremony

The International Latino Book Awards Ceremony was on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles at the Dominguez Ballroom at Dominguez Ballroom of California State University Dominguez Hills. Over the last 20 years the Int’l Latino Book Awards has grown to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. A crowd of book lovers cheered on this year’s 232 author and publisher honorees from across the USA and from 20 countries outside the USA. Authors will be honored with Award Winning Author Medals. 
La Ceremonia de Reconocimiento para los autores se realizó el 8 de Septiembre de 2018 en el Dominguez Ballroom en la Universidad Estatal de California Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). En los últimos 20 años Los Reconocimientos Internacionales de Libros Latinos ha crecido hasta convertirse en los premios Latinos culturales y literarios más grandes en Estados Unidos. Este año se reconocieron a 232 autores y editores de Estados Unidos y de otros 20 países. Los autores serán otorgados con medallas de Autor Galardonado.


Winners for the 2018 Int’l Latino Book Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony

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All winners can now participate in the Int’l Award Winning Author Tour activities at events like the American Library Association Convention, the Latino Book & Family Festivals, and more.

Todos los ganadores ahora son elegibles para participar en todas las actividades de Latino Literacy Now incluyendo los Latino Book & Family Festivals, la American Library Association Convention, entre otros eventos.

The Award Winning Authors Tour

Over the past decade we have seen steady growth in the overall awareness of the International Latino Book Awards. With the changes we have made to the awards over the past couple of years, and the addition in 2013 of the Award Winning Author Logo and in 2014 we added the Award Winning Author Tour. We understand the Awards are something many people want to know more about. These awards are not only one of the largest Book Awards of any kind in the world, they are also the largest Latino cultural awards in the USA. Winning books will tour to select major book, media, Latino professional, and Latino consumer events in the USA and Mexico.

Events we have participated in the past include: American Library Association Annual Conference, California Association for Bilingual Education Convention; La Cosecha Dual Language Conference in New Mexico; Latino Book & Family Festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino, CA; Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC, Los Angeles, CA; LULAC National Conference; National Council of La Raza Convention. Wherever possible we will work to get admission to these key events for authors who are finalists and past AWAs. We treat all finalists as winners for all activities on this tour.

Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival

Host: California State University of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

Upcoming festival will be on April 27, 2019

North San Diego Latino Book & Family Festival

The largest gathering of Latino authors in San Diego County.
Host: MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA. 

The festival will come back on September 15, 2018

Other events

Awards Timeline

Due to the programs & opportunities that we are creating to promote our Awards Winning Authors, the Movie Awards timeline has being extended. This information is subject to change. Questions or clarifications, email:

Currently the entries are in the process of review by the Judges.

Check back for updates – Finalists will be announced.

Check back for updates – The Awards will be presented. We will update this information once we have an exact day.

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About the Latino Book Into Movie Awards

Many of us would love to see more movies being produced that star Latinos and feature Latino themes. Realizing that many movies start with a great book, Latino Literacy Now has created a second competition within the framework of its International Latino Book Awards: the Latino Books Into Movies Awards 

Judges for these awards will include screenwriters, playwrights, producers, and other entertainment industry professionals.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Winning books will be distributed to pertinent Motion Picture Studios, Television Networks, Producers, and Agents, depending on genre. Winners agree to supply an additional 15 books (minimum) to assure proper distribution. Awards will not necessarily be given in each category that receives entries; only books and screenplays that the judges feel merit being made into a movie or television show will be judged a winning entry.

 The application period ended for this year.

Check back for updates and dates.