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·        Lannan Foundation, 2005

Cultural Freedom Fellowship awarded to Bobby and Lee Byrd


The purpose of the Cultural Freedom awards and fellowships is to recognize individuals whose work inspires their communities, domestic and international, that are struggling to uphold and defend their right to cultural freedom and diversity. As defined by the Foundation, Cultural Freedom is a basic human right dependent on political, economic, and environmental justice.


·        The American Book Award, 1999

Excellence in publishing

Before Columbus Foundation


“We always hear about passion in this business, but rarely devotion. What Bobby and Lee Byrd have created is what begins as a dream and ideal for most people. But after the hard work and constant battles take their toll, most get jaded and things get reduced to a simple business proposition. Unlike the NAFTA-mindedness of corporate publishing culture, Bobby and Lee Byrd and all of Cinco Puntos have the integrity to continue to live their dream, not just on the border, but across borders. This is one family, one publisher, which deserves our attention and respect.”


  • Sunshine Community Service Award, 1999

Excellence in publishing

Given by the Border Book Festival


  • Dwight A. Myers Award, 1997

Excellence in regional publishing

Given by the Rocky Mountain Publishing Association


“Cinco Puntos’ publishing program is adventurous and creative and their name shows a commitment to regional interests. Cinco Puntos excels in high-quality production such as print style, book design, cover art and illustration.”


  • Southwest Book Award, 1993

Excellence in publishing

Given by the Border Regional Library Association







ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill and K.B. Basseches

·        Criticas Top Bilingual Books, 2007


Cada Niño / Every Child (Book and/or CD) by Tish Hinojosa

·        Southwest Book Award, 2002

·        ALA Notable Children's Recording, 1997, CD


Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle

·        Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2007

·        Texas Bluebonnet Master Award List, 2005

·        Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book, 2007

·        Paterson prize, 2007,

·        Anne Izard’s Storyteller’s Choice Award, 2007,

·        ALA Notable Books for Children List, 2006

·        Best Children’s Book, Texas Institute of Letters, 2006

·        Oklahoma Book award, Best Book & Best Illustration, 2006

·        Teddy Book Award, TWL, 2006

·        Lasting Connections Pick, ALA—Book Links, 2006

·        South Dakota Pasque Children’s Book Award Nomination, 2008-09

·        American Indian Library Association (AILA) Best Picture Book Award, 2008

·        Mississippi Children’s Book Selection, 2007


Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila by Joe Hayes

·        Aesop Prize, 2009

·        Américas Award Honor Book

·        Anne Izard’s Storyteller’s Choice Award

·        Skipping Stones Honor Book

·        Tejas Star List

·        Bank Street Books Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2009

·        Criticas Best Books of the Year, 2008


Day It Snowed Tortilles by Joe Hayes

·        One of Bloomsbury Review’s 15 All-Time Favorite Books for Kids



Efraín of the Sonoran Desert by Amalia Astorga and Gary Paul Nabhan

·        Skipping Stones Honor Book, 2001


¡El Cucuy! by Joe Hayes

·        Land of Enchantment Master List, 2004-05

·        Independent Publishers' IPPY Award, Best Children's Book, 2001


Elegy on the Death of César Chávez by Rudolfo Anaya

·        Latino Literary Hall of Fame, 2000

·        Skipping Stones Honor Book, 2000

·        Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List


Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas / La Abuelita Fina y sus sombrillas Maravillosas by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

·        Best Children's Book 2000, Texas Institute of Letters


The King of Things / El Rey de las Cosas by Artemio Rodriguez

·        Fred Whitehead Award for Best Design of a Trade Book, TX Institute of Letters, 2007


La Llorona / The Weeping Woman by Joe Hayes

·        Latino Literacy Hall of Fame Award / Best Children's Picture Book (Bilingual)


Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask by Xavier Garza

·        Honor book, Américas Award


Mali Under the Night Sky by Youme Landowne

·        Skipping Stones Honor Book


Pájaro Verde / The Green Bird by Joe Hayes

·        Independent Publishers' IPPY Award, Best Children's Book, 2002

·        Aesop Accolade Book


Selavi by Youme Landowne

·        Notable Book, American Library Association, 2005

·        Texas Bluebonnet Master Award List, 2005

·        Jane Addams Peace Award Winner, 2005

·        ALA Notable Books for Children, 2005

·        IPPY Award, 2005


¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes We Can! by Diana Cohn

·        Skipping Stones Honor Book, 2002

·        Vermont Center for the Book Top Ten Diversity Book, 2002

·        Honor Book-Jane Addams Peace Award, 2002


The Story of Colors / La Historia de los Colores by Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

·        Special Recognition, Firecracker Alternative Book Award, 1999

·        Children's Book Award, Firecracker Alternative Book Award, 2000


The Treasure on Gold Street by Lee Merrill Byrd

·        Southwest Book Award

·        Skipping Stones Honor Book

·        Paterson Poetry Center Children's Book Award

·        Texas Institute of Letters, finalist for Children's Book Award

·        Teddy Award, Texas Writers' League


Watch Out for Clever Women! ¡Cuidado con las Mujeres Astutas! by Joe Hayes

·        Texas Bluebonnet Master Award List, 1997

·        Southwest Book Award, 1997




Cecilia's Year by Susan and Denise Gonzales Abraham

·        The New York Public Library List-Books for the Teen Age

·        Best Book for Young Adults, Texas Institute of Letters


Cesar Chavez: A Photographic Essay by Ilan Stavans

·        Américas Award Commended Title


Ghost Fever by Joe Hayes

·        Bluebonnet Award Winner, Texas Library Association, 2006


Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

·        YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2010


Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush by Luis Alverto Urrea

·        Best Books for Teens, 2010


Pitch Black: Don’t be Skerd by Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton

·        YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Young Adults, 2009

·        Skipping Stones Honor Book

·        Bank Street Books Best Childrens’ Book of the Year, 2009


Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

·        YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, 2005

·        YALSA Top Ten Audio List for Young Adults, 2005

·        The New York Public Library List—Books for the Teen Age, 2005

·        TAYSHAS High School Reading List, 2005-2006

·        Pennsylvania School Librarians Association YA Top Forty

·        L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist, 2005

·        Capital Choices List Noteworthy Books, 2005

·        Bulletin Blue Ribbons List, 2004

·        Young Adult Top Forty, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2005

·        Americas Award, 2004


Six Kinds of Sky by Luis Alberto Urrea

·        Foreword Magazine Editor's Choice: Fiction Book of the Year, 2002


Surprising Cecilia by Susan & Denise Abraham Gonzalez

·        Americas Award Commendable Title, 2007


Vatos photographs by José Galvez, poem by Luis Alberto Urrea

·        Latino Literary Hall of Fame, 2000

·        YALSA Young Adult Reluctant Reader's Quick Pick, 2002

·        Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List


Walking the Choctaw Road by Tim Tingle

·        Notable Books for a Global Society


Walking the Choctaw Road CD by Tim Tingle

·        YALSA Audio List for Young Adults




Farley's Jewel by Jon Ferguson

·        Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Series, 1998


Keepers of the Earth by Laverne Harrell Clark

·        Best First Novel 1997, Medicine Pipe Bearers Award, Western Writers of America


Message to the Nurse of Dreams by Lisa Sandlin

·        Best Fiction 1997, Texas Institute of Letters


The Moon Will Forever be a Distant Love by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite

·        Best Translation 1997, Texas Institute of Letters


Ringside Seat to a Revolution by David Dorado Romo

·        Violet Crown Award—Nonfiction, TWL, 2006

·        Tomas Lyon Book Award, Western Literature Association, 2006

·        Spur Award—Contemporary Nonfiction, Western Writers of America, 2006

·        Latino Literacy Now Award for Best nonfiction, 2006

·        Southwest Book Award




Dark and Perfect Angels by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

·        Southwest Book Award, 1996


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