Character pronunciation video for The Only Road

A lot of readers have asked me how to pronounce the characters’ names in The Only Road so here is a quick guide!

The Crossroads at National Book Festival!


“Every year the National Book Festival also hosts the Parade of States where each state is represented by a state library, a state center for the book, or humanities organization which showcases a local book or author” (Center for the Book).

For 2021, my book, The Crossroads has been selected as New Mexico’s choice for the “Great Reads from Great Places” at the National Book Festival hosted by the Library of Congress! So proud to be part of this great event!

Check it out!

Santiago’s Book Trailer

Santiago’s Road Home now has its own book trailer! Check it out:

Awards, Battle of the Books, and Reading Lists are on!

I’m so pleased that The Only Road has been chosen/nominated for several youth choice awards, Battle of the Books, and reading lists around the country! Please let me know of additional accolades.

LIBRARIANS AND EDUCATORS: I offer a FREE 15-minute virtual visit to readers of such organizations, as well as longer virtual and in person visits! Contact me at adiaz(at)alexandra-diaz(dot)com for further information.

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

My home state of New Mexico Battle of the Books 2019-2020!

Black-Eyed Susan (MD) Book Award 2018-2019

Grand Canyon (AZ) Reader Award Nominee 2020

Kent School District (WA) Battle of the Books 2019-2020

MNMS Book Madess 2019-2020

North Olympic (WA) Library Systems extra-curricular reading program 2019

Oregon Battle of the Books 2019-2020

South Carolina Junior Book Award nominee 2018-2019

Reader Guides

Reader Guides for Santiago’s Road Home, La travesía de Santiago, The Crossroads,
La encrucijada, The Only Road, and El único destino are here!
Click on image to view or download.

Awards and Special Recognition!

The Only Road is going places and picking up notable mentions along the way…


Pura Belpré Honor book

“Presented annually [by the American Library Association] to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.”

Américas Award Winner

“CLASP founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.”


International Latino Book Award finalist

“The Int’l Latino Book Awards is a major refection that the fastest growing group in the USA has truly arrived. The Awards are now by far the largest Latino cultural Awards in the USA.”

Both the English and Spanish editions are finalists!


Bank Street Best Children’s Books List

“THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year.”


Action Book Club Selection

“Action Book Club theme: Many Voices. These books celebrate diversity, our differences, and the similarities that connect us all.”

Book Trailers!

Why should Hollywood have all the fun? Check out the book trailers of my latest books!

The Only Road

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