De La Peña was the first Latino to win the John Newberry Medal for his childrens book, “Last Stop on Market Street.”
“For the very first time, a Latino author won the Newberry Medal. NPR reports that Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson), which tells the story of a little boy named CJ who rides the bus across town every Sunday with his grandmother.
One day, CJ questions why his family doesn’t own a car, why he doesn’t have an iPod, and why they live where they live. Through his grandmother’s positivity, CJ is able to learn to appreciate his world.”
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