The Center supports the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) Américas Awards project, now in its 25th year. 

CLASP founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. CLASP offers up to two annual book awards, together with a commended list of titles.

To promote Latin American Studies and improve literacy, the Center works with education colleges to integrate Américas Awards books in pre-service education courses to prepare future teachers with a global mindset. This initiative also engages with schools by providing books to classrooms, coordinating speaker events, and sharing and creating curriculum. All of these activities develop empathy and global understanding in students.

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Multicultural book resources in the classroom