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Lázaro awarded PEN’s National Award for children’s literature 

Puerto Rico: On Nov. 12, children’s book author Georgina Lázaro received PEN’s National Award for her 1996 work El flamboyán amarillo.

El flamboyán amarillo is the captivating and poetic story of a young boy and his mother, who come across a beautiful, flowering tree during a walk through the countryside. The young boy decides to take some of the beauty home with them in the form of a seed. As the tree begins to grow, the boy discovers the miracle of creation. Years later, when the tree finally blooms, it brings a wonderful surprise. 

It is published by Lectorum, which recently reissued El flamboyán amarillo with new illustrations by Lulu Delacre that bring to life the warmth of the Caribbean.

International PEN, the worldwide association of writers with 141 centers in 99 countries, was founded in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere; to emphasize the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes killed for their views. 

PEN is strictly non-political, a non-governmental organization in formal consultative relations with UNESCO and Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Lectorum Publications is the largest and oldest U.S. Spanish-language book distributor, delivering more than 25,000 adult and children titles to schools, libraries, universities, bookstores, and other specialized markets throughout the United States.  Librería Lectorum, the Company’s retail bookstore and New York City landmark since 1960, serves the reading needs of the Latino Community on site and via the web site at www.lectorum.com

“At Lectorum, we publish Spanish-language books that portray our children accurately, and stories that our children can relate to,” says Teresa Mlawer, president of Lectorum.  “That is why we are so proud to publish Georgina Lázaro.  Her books are a celebration of our culture.”






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