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Welcome to the Pura Belpré Award home page!
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The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.


2010 Author Award Winner 


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Return to Sender
, written by Julia Alvarez, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Julia Alvarez explores the thin line that separates American citizens and undocumented persons in her brilliantly told novel, Return to Sender. After Tyler’s father is unable to maintain the family farm, he hires undocumented workers, resulting in an interdependent relationship that mirrors current social and political conditions in the United States. Alvarez humanizes a situation by giving a voice to millions of immigrants experiencing similar hardships. This outstanding novel about the solidarity between two children of different cultures will resonate in the hearts of readers of any age.

 

 

2010 Illustrator Award Winner

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Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros , illustrated by Rafael López, written by Pat Mora, published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Rafael López utilizes vibrant colors and applies magical realism to show that the love of reading is universal. Through a series of fanciful images, the author depicts Latino children inviting children of other cultures into their book fiesta, leading the reader on a visual journey that shows that reading sparks the imagination across all cultures and has the power to unite us. This informational children’s book will also serve as a valuable resource to those planning El día de los niños/El día de los libros in their communities.

 


Read Yuyi Morales' quote about winning the 2004 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award.



2010 Author Honor Books

book cover image: diego, bigger than lifeDiego: Bigger Than Life, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz, published by Marshall Cavendish Children.

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand weaves through the life of Mexican artist Diego Rivera in “Diego: Bigger Than Life.” A series of chronological poems delve into his controversial life. The poetry resonates with the passion that Rivera had for his art. The words that Bernier-Grand expertly uses to paint a picture of the artist’s life resemble the artistic process Rivera used to create his masterpieces. Bernier-Grand touches on many aspects of Rivera’s life and summarizes it like only another artist can. This book will pique the interest of readers across all ages and introduce them to a true master.

 

 


book cover image: federico garcia lorca Federico García Lorca , written by Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro, published by Lectorum Publications Inc., a subsidiary of Scholastic Inc.

Written in Spanish, Georgina Lázaro’s lyrical poetry evokes the spirit and style of the beloved 20thcentury poet and playwright, Federico García Lorca.  Lázaro gives children a close personal experience with classic Spanish literature in a picture book biography.  She uses the cadence and style of Lorca to paint a picture of the artist as a fragile, sensitive young boy who finds his strength in stories, songs, plays and books.  “Federico García Lorca” celebrates the beauty of the Spanish language and the healing power of words. 



 

2010 Illustrator Honor Books

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Diego: Bigger Than Life , illustrated David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, published by Marshall Cavendish Children.

David Diaz captures the essence of the great Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera, through his use of bold colors and stylized “bigger than life” figures.  Diaz’s jewel-toned scenes of Diego’s life enliven the poetic prose of Bernier-Grand.  The illustrator’s art gives youth an aesthetic experience that inspires and connects them with their Latino cultural heritage.


 
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M y Abuelita , illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston, published by Harcourt Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Yuyi Morales fashions a world with polymer clay, wire, wood, metals and Mexican crafts. This innovative artist juxtaposes rich colors to marry the real and the imaginary, captured in digitally manipulated photos that are worlds unto their own. The grandmother flows through the pages in her robes as flamboyant as the stories that she loves to tell, inspiring her grandson to want to be just like her when he grows old.


 

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Gracias Thanks , illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora, published by Lee & Low Books Inc.

John Parra captures the small pleasures of Latino family life in his nostalgic folk art illustrations. Each page exudes warmth and love expressed through ordinary Latino experiences and evokes a deep sense of gratitude for Latino culture.


 

 

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