Texas State University College of Education developed The Tomás Rivera
Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators
who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The
award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomás Rivera,
a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.

2014 Award Winner: Pancho Rabbit and the coyote: A migrant’s tale
Winner 2014,
Duncan Tonatiuh ,
Pancho Rabbit and the coyote: A migrant’s tale
2014 Award Winner: Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People
Winner 2014,
Susan Goldman Rubin - Bio:,
Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People
2013 Award Winner: Under the Mesquite
Winner 2013,
Guadalupe Garcia McCall,
Under the Mesquite
2012 Award Winner: Sylvia and Aki
Winner 2012,
Winifred Conkling,
Sylvia and Aki
Tricycle Press/ Random House Children's Books
2012 Award Winner: Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
Winner 2012,
Duncan Tonatiuh,
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
Abrams Books for Young Readers
2011 Award Winner: Bait
Winner 2011,
Alex Sanchez,
Bait
Simon & Schuster
2010 Award Winner: What Can You Do With A Paleta?
Winner 2010,
Carmen Tafolla & Magaly Morales,
What Can You Do With A Paleta?
Tricycle Press
2009 Award Winner: The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans
Winner 2009,
Carmen Tafolla,
The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans
Wings Press
2009 Award Winner: He Forgot to Say Goodbye
Winner 2009,
Benjamin Alire Sáenz,
He Forgot to Say Goodbye
Simon and Schuster
2008 Award Winner: Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Winner 2008,
Marisa Montes & Yuyi Morales,
Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Henry Holt and Company
2007 Award Winner: Downtown Boy
Winner 2007,
Juan Felipe Herrera,
Downtown Boy
Scholastic Press
2006 Award Winner: José! Born to Dance
Winner 2006,
Susanna Reich & Raúl Colón,
José! Born to Dance
Simon and Schuster
2005 Award Winner: Becoming Naomi León
Winner 2005,
Pam Muñoz Ryan,
Becoming Naomi León
Scholastic Press
2004 Award Winner: Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Winner 2004,
Yuyi Morales,
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Chronicle Books
2003 Award Winner: A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana
Winner 2003,
Pat Mora & Beatriz Vidal,
A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana
Alfred A. Knopf
2002 Award Winner: Breaking Through
Winner 2002,
Francisco Jiménez,
Breaking Through
Houghton Mifflin
2001 Award Winner: My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito
Winner 2001,
Amada Irma Pérez & Maya Christina Gonzalez,
My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito
Children’s Book Press/Libros Para Niños
2000 Award Winner: My Land Sings: Stories of the Río Grande
Winner 2000,
Rudolfo Anaya & Amy Córdova,
My Land Sings: Stories of the Río Grande
Morrow Junior Books
1999 Award Winner: The Three Pigs/Los Tres Cerdos: Nacho, Tito, and Miguel
Winner 1999,
Bobbi Salinas,
The Three Pigs/Los Tres Cerdos: Nacho, Tito, and Miguel
Piñata Publications
1998 Award Winner: Tomas and the Library Lady
Winner 1998,
Pat Mora & Raúl Colón,
Tomas and the Library Lady
Alfred Knopf
1997 Award Winner: In My Family/ En Mi Familia
Winner 1997,
Carmen Lomas Garza,
In My Family/ En Mi Familia
Children’s Book Press/ Libros Para Niños
1996 Award Winner: The Farolitos of Christmas
Winner 1996,
Rudolfo Anaya & Edward Gonzales,
The Farolitos of Christmas
Hyperion Books for Children
1996 Award Winner: Chato’s Kitchen
Winner 1996,
Gary Soto & Susan Guevara,
Chato’s Kitchen
G. P. Putnam’s Sons