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Tomás Rivera Award Director


Dr. Sandra Murillo-Sutterby is a faculty member of Texas State University and serves as Director for the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. She was born in Mexico, but immigrated to the United States at a young age. She became a book enthusiast and has dedicated her life to all things bookish but is particularly passionate about stories that reflect her Latino experiences.

She began her career as an elementary educator, teaching in various cities around Texas, and even overseas. She earned her PhD from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading. She enjoys teaching literacy, teacher preparation, and bilingual courses in Spanish. She can be contacted at

National Committee

Denise Davila, Assistant Professor, University of Texas - Austin
Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez, Professor, University California, Merced
Patricia Enciso, Professor, The Ohio State University
Oralia Garza de Cortés, Latino Children's Literature Advocate

In Loving Memory

headshot of Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Member Emeritus

Regional Committee

Are you interested in Latino children’s and young adult books? Join the Regional Committee. Contact Director, Sandra Murillo-Sutterby at

· Eduardo Aparicio, Owner/President, Aparicio Publishing

· Don Bos, Librarian, Austin ISD, Retired

· Priscilla Delgado, Resource Classification Specialist, Teaching Books

· Diana Garcia, Bilingual Educator, San Marcos CISD

· Paola Ferate-Soto, Austin Public Library

· Ileana Liberatore, Professional Development School Coordinator, Lee HS/ International School of the Americas, Northeast ISD

· Cynthia Molinar, Librarian, Medio Creek Elementary, Southwest ISD

· Minda Morren Lopez, Associate Professor, Texas State University

· Blanca Loya, Lecturer, Texas State University

· Carolina Martinez, San Marcos Public Library

· Sergio Martinez, Associate Professor, Texas State University

· Kim Morgan-Benson, Information Literacy Specialist, San Marcos CISD

· Sandra Murillo-Sutterby, Director, Rivera Book Award, Texas State University

· Sharon O’Neal, Associate Professor, Texas State University

· Yolanda Peca, Lecturer, Texas State University

· Sara Ramirez, Assistant Professor, Texas State University

· Teya Rosenberg, Professor, Texas State University

· Arlene Salazar, Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Texas State University

· John A. Sutterby, Associate Professor, University of Texas San Antonio

· Graeme Wend-Walker, Associate Professor, Texas State University