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Submit A Book Title

How to Submit a Book


Send the following items to Nancy Valdez-Gainer, Director of the Tomás Rivera Book Award, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666:

  • letter of nomination that includes the title, author, illustrator, ISBN#, and publisher of the book
  • electronic copy (pdf or other)
  • 1 hard copy (recommended, not required)
  • indicate book category
    • works for younger children, ages pre-K to 5th grade 
    • works for older children, 6th grade to 12th grade 


The submission deadline is November 1. Only books published in the most recent two-year period may be submitted for consideration.

Criteria for Eligibility

This award will be given annually to the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for children and young adults that authentically reflects the lives and experiences of Mexican Americans in the United States.

Criteria for the selection of a winner will include:

  • The book will be written for children and young adults (0-18 years).
  • The text and illustrations will be of highest quality.
  • The portrayal/representations of Mexican Americans will be accurate and engaging, avoid stereotypes, and reflect rich characterization.
  • The book may be fiction or non- fiction.

Selection Process

  • Selections will be made from books nominated.
  • Nominations are accepted from authors, illustrators, publishers, and the public at large.
  • The deadline for nominations for this award will be November 1st of the year of publication.
  • A regional committee will narrow the list of nominated books.
  • A national committee will select the final winner.
  • If no book nominated is considered to meet the listed criteria, no award will be presented.
  • The award will be announced in February of the following year.
  • The award will be conferred at a celebration during Fall of the following year.