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2000 Book Award Winner

My Land Sings: Stories of the Río Grande

Book Synopsis:

Rudolfo Anaya, “the most widely read Mexican-American” (Newsweek), draws on the rich Hispanic and Native American folktales of his youth to tell ten enchanting stories set in the Southwest. Meet Dulcinea, who dances with the devil, and Lupe, who encounters the ghostly la Llorona one dark night. Memorable characters and evocative tales that reflect the Hispanic and Native American heritage of the United States combine to make this a book that will be treasured.

En Espanol: “Mi tierra Canta” Historias del Río Grande

Rudolfo Anaya, El escritor México-Americano más leído, se apoya en la rica cultura hispana y las leyendas nativas de América de su juventud para contar diez historias fascinantes llevado acabo en el Suroeste. Conoce a Dulcinea, que baila con el diablo, y Lupe, que se encuentra con la fantasma de la Llorona una noche oscura. Memorables personajes y leyendas sugerentes que reflejan la tradición Nativo Americano de los estados unidos e hispana, se combinan para hacer de este un libro uno que será atesorado.


Rudolfo Anaya, often referred to as the padrino, godfather, of Chicano literature, was born in the village of Pastura, New Mexico and raised in Santa Rosa and Albuquerque. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico but continues to serve as an activist, writer, and mentor to budding Chicano and Southwestern writers. Anaya, renowned for his award-winning novel Bless Me,ltima, has written several children’s books in addition to novels, short stories and countless poems. Bless Me, Ultima won the Premio Quinto Sol award in 1972, and his novel Albuquerque won the PEN Center West fiction award. He and his wife, Patricia, established the Premio Aztlán in 1993, which is a national literary prize for Chicano literature. In 2002 Anaya received a National Medal of Arts.


Amy Cordova is an artist, author, educator, and award winning illustrator of children’s books. A two time winner of ALA’s prestigious Pura Belpre Honors Award, a Wisconsin Library Association Illustrators Award,  and recent America’s Award, are among her many honors. Cordova’s work is saturated with vibrant color and speaks of connection, the spirit, and a sense of place within a cultural context.