Cuento de Luz Receives Five Award Wins and One Honorable Mention from The International Latino Book Awards

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Popular Titles Including Juanita and Hijo Awarded with Best Latino Focused & Best Children Fiction Picture Book

Award-winning children’s book publisher Cuento de Luz, known for its dedication to creativity and authenticity, has announced five award wins from The International Latino Book Awards for the titles Juanita, Hijo, Madam Hortensia, El baile de las abejas, and Un misterio en el bosque. Additionally, Cuento de Luz received an honorable mention for the title The Day Ladybug Drew a Giant Ball of Fluff.

The International Latino Book Awards are the largest awards in the USA that celebrate achievements in Latino Literature. Sponsored by Empowering Latino Futures, a non-profit founded to promote literacy within the Latino community, the award program aims to recognize greatness by honoring authors, translators, and illustrators for their books written in English, Spanish and Portuguese. About a third of their entries come from large and small publishers, as well as self-published books.

“We are honored to receive this superior recognition for these titles,” says Ana Eulate, Founder and CEO of Cuento de Luz. “We’re proud of the work and dedication the authors and illustrators put into each of our books as we continue to create meaningful and inspiring stories for young children to enjoy, while raising their awareness on fundamental human values.”

Juanita, by Lola Walder and illustrated by Martina Peluso, won the Gold Medal for the “Alma Flor Ada Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book – Spanish” award. Juanita is an enchanting tale of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, who finds magic and comfort within the stars. Inspired by a true story, the author takes readers on a journey through the protagonist’s imagination – along with traditions, cultures and people of the beautiful country of Guatemala.

Hijo, by Ariel Andrés Almada and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, won the Gold Medal for the “Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Spanish” award. Hijo is about parents wanting to overcome their sons fears and prevent him from going through sad moments, but the job of a father is to fill his toddler with feathers, so that one day he can fly alone and feel protected, but, above all, so that find he finds his way home.

Madam Hortensia, by Carmen Gil and illustrated by Miguel Cerro, won the Gold Medal for the “Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – English or Bilingual” award. Madam Hortensia is a wonderful story full of humor, about the importance of tackling new challenges. With wit and charm, this delightful tale shares what happens when we learn to embrace change and open our minds to possibility.

El baile de las abejas, by Fran Nuño and illustrated by Zuzanna Celej, won the Silver Medal for the “Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish” award. El Baile de las abejas is a beautiful hymn to nature featuring haikus, set in a quiet corner of Japan.

Un misterio en el bosque, by Susanna Isern and illustrated by Daniel Montero Galán, won the Silver Medal for the “Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish” award. Un misterio en el bosque is a charming tale, printed in stone paper, that invites readers to think about the emotional impact of jealousy, the importance of empathy, and the ability to forgive.

The Day Ladybug Drew a Giant Ball of Fluff, by José Carlos Román and illustrated by Zuriñe Aguirre, received an honorable mention for the “Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – English.” The Day Ladybug Grew a Giant Ball of Fluff is a pleasantly colorful book, printed in stone paper that invites readers to be imaginative and creative.

To learn more about Cuento de Luz and to purchase any of these titles, please visit http://www.cuentodeluz.com.

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