Chato’s Kitchen [1996 Co-Winner]

1996 Winner

Chato’s Kitchen
Written by Gary Soto
Illustrated by Susan Guevara

Book Synopsis:

To get the “ratoncitos” little mice who have moved into the barrio, to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more

En Espanol: La Cocina de Chato

Para hacer que los ratoncitos que se han movido al barrio, lleguen a su casa, Chato el gato prepara todo tipo de buena comida: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, y mucho más.

Born in Fresno, California, Soto earned his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University at Fresno and a master’s of fine art in creative writing from the University of California at Irvine. He is an acclaimed poet, essayist, fiction writer and film producer. The awards for this multi-talented author are many, ranging from the U.S. Award of International Poetry Forum in 1997 for his first published book of poetry,The Elements of San Joaquin, to a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1985 for Living Up the Street, his first published work of prose collections. Recipient Website:

En Español

Nacido en Fresno, California, Soto obtuvo una licenciatura en Inglés de la Universidad Estatal de California en Fresno y una maestría de bellas artes en escritura creativa de la Universidad de California en Irvine. Él es un reconocido poeta, ensayista, escritor de ficción y productor de cine. Los premios para este multitalentoso autor son muchas, que van desde El Premio del Foro Internacional de la poesía de Estados Unidos en 1997 por su primer libro publicado de poesía Los elementos de San Joaquin al premio de la Fundación de libro Americano Colon en 1985 por su colección de prosas.

Susan Guevara is the illustrator of several books for children. She states, “Illustrating books is a journey fraught with danger and excitement, disappointment (I never paint as well as I wish), joy (I am often surprised by what I can paint) and release. The profession has my awe and long-standing love.” She grew up in Walnut Creek, California, and studied painting at the San Francisco Art Academy and The Royal Academy of Fine Art in Belgium. She presently resides in New Mexico Recipient Website:

En Español

Susan es la ilustradora de varios libros para niños. Ella creció en Walnut California, y estudió pintura en la Academia de Arte de San Francisco y en la Real Academia de Bellas Artes en Bélgica. Ella reside actualmente en Nuevo Mexico.


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