International Latino Book Awards

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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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 2,624 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

2019 International Latino Book Awards Ceremony

The International Latino Book Awards Ceremony will be on September 21, 2019 in Los Angeles City College, Student Union. Over the last 21years 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 will cheer on this year’s 257 author and publisher honorees from across the USA and from 18 countries outside the USA. Authors will be honored with Award Winning Author Medals. 
La Ceremonia de Reconocimiento para los autores se llevará acabo el 21 de septiembre de 2019 en el Los Angeles City College (LACC). En los últimos 21 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 reconocerán a 257 autores y editores de Estados Unidos y de otros 18 países. En la ceremonia se otorgaran medallas de Autor Galardonado.

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.