Official book tour dates are here! Join Elizabeth as she reads from the novel, signs books, and engages in conversations with some of her favorite writers and thinkers!

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The Poet X continues has done it again. The book has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult Literature. The 31st Annual Lammys will take place on June 3, 2019.

The celebration continues with a New York City Book Award win!! The award honors literary and historical texts that evoke the spirit of the city.

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The Poet X has won the Pura Belpré award, presented annually to a Latinx writer whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latinx cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth; the Michael L. Printz award for excellence in Young Adult Literature; and, for The Poet X audiobook, the Odyssey Award for the best audiobook produced for children and /or young adults.

Xiomara’s compelling story has also earned The Poet X a 2019 Walter Award in the teen category. The Walter Awards, presented annually, recognize diverse authors whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way.

Through 11 distinct divisions, the American Library Association (ALA) promotes libraries and library education all over the world.
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WNDB strives to create a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book

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The Poet X received a lot of love this year! In addition to many award nominations and wins, it’s appeared on numerous 2018 best-of lists, including:

The New York Times Book Review’s Notable Children’s Books

Kirkus Reviews’ Best YA Books About Speaking Your Truth

School Library Journal’s Best Books

Remezcla’s Best Books by Latino & Latin American Authors

Amazon’s Best Young Adult Books

New York Public Library Best Books for Teens

Time Magazine’s 10 Best for Kids

Shelf Awareness Best Children & Teen Books

NPR Best Young Adult Books

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best for Teens

Horn Book Fanfare Best Books 

Bustle 25 Best Young Adult

Book Riot Best Young Adult

Book Riot Best Audiobooks

 Texas TAYSHAS Top Ten

Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best YA Novels

On to 2019!

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The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.

“As the child of immigrants, as a black woman, as a Latina, as someone whose accented voice holds certain neighborhoods, whose body holds certain stories, I always feel like I have to prove that I am worthy enough and there will never be an award or accolade that will take that away,” Acevedo told the crowd as she accepted the country’s most prestigious literary award.

“But every single time I meet a reader who looks at me and says, ‘I have never seen my story until I read yours,’ I’m reminded of why this matters. And that’s not going to be an award and it’s not going to be an accolade. It’s going to be looking someone in the face and saying, ‘I see you,’ and in return being told that I am seen.”

View Elizabeth’s full acceptance speech here.

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