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All Around Us Honored 2 Times at ALA
<i>All Around Us</i> Honored 2 Times at ALA February 15, 2018
--Michelle Lange

The Pura Belpre Committee gave All Around Us an Honor Book Award for illustration, and the book also won an illustration award from the American Indian Library Association (AILA).

Author Xelena González, from the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, also has roots in San Antonio, Texas, and has stretched her wings to fly all the way to Guangzhou, China, where she works as a librarian in an international school. She studied journalism at Northwestern University and library science at Texas Woman’s University, but her true training as a storyteller has come from getting to know other living beings—including plants, animals, and people who happen to speak different languages or see the world in unusual ways. All Around Us is her first book.

Illustrator Adriana M Garcia, an award-winning artist, muralist, and scenic designer was born and raised on the west-side of San Antonio. She received her BFA From Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied fine arts in Valencia, Spain.

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