Awards & Honors

Puerto Rican film festival award photo

Humanitarian Award

Manzano presented with the Humanitarian Award at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival

Sonia Manzano Receives Lifetime Achievement at 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards

THE HOPE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN FOUNDATION will award Sonia Manzano THE RAUL JULIA AWARD on June 15th, 2016. This award is named after the critically acclaimed stage and screen actor Raul Julia and recognizes the extraordinary artistic achievement of Latin American individuals.

Lehman College presents an Honorary Degree in June 2016.

National Puerto Rican day parade – Sonia will accept the NPRDP’s Honorary Education Leadership Award, May 2016.

Carnegie-Mellon, Sonia’s Alma Mater, grants Sonia an Honorary Degree in May 2016.

Tuft’s University presents Sonia with an Honorary Degree in May 2016.

New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2015: BECOMING MARIA. Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
The best in picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, selected by the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review.

Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2015 includes BECOMING MARIA: LOVE AND CHAOS IN THE SOUTH BRONX

15 Emmy Awards as a writer for Sesame Street.

Pura Belpre Honor for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (View Pura Belpre article here).

Twice nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series.

Lehman college School of Fine Arts Deans Award (along with Chazz Palminteri) April 16, 2015.

2013 Woman in film MUSE award (along with Ellen Barken and Robin Wright).
→ NY Women in Film & Television website article.
→ Read the complete article at this link.

A Box Full Of Kittens received the Notable Video Award from the American Library Association (2009).

Voted one of the most influential Hispanics by People Magazine en Español (February 2007).

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award.

Hispanic Heritage Award for Education (2003).

Honorary Doctorate from Notre Dame University in 2005. Inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame (2004).

Recognized as one of the greatest Latina role models ever by Latina Online (View Latina Online article here).