Pura Belpre Award

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.

2013

Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster BFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division).

Honor books
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano,  by Sonia Manzano (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.).

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company).

Honor books
No honor books named.

 

2012
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Lee and Low Books Inc.)

Honor books
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt and Company, LLC)
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza (Cinco Puntos Press)

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Honor books
The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred illustrated by Rafael Lopez; written by Samantha R. Vamos (Charlesbridge)
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina illustrated by Sara Palacios; written by Monica Brown (Children's Book Press)

2011
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan (Scholastic Press)
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Honor books
Ole! Flamenco by George Ancona (Lee & Low Books)
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt)
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis (Roaring Press)

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Grandma's Gift illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Walker Publishing)

Honor books
Fiesta Babies illustrated be Amy Cordova; written by Carmen Tafolla (publsihed by Tricycle Press)
Me, Frida illustrated by David Diaz; written by Amy Novesky (published by Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh (published by Abrams Books for Young Readers)

2010
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (Alfred A. Knopf)

Honor books
Diego: Bigger Than Life, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz (Marshall Cavendish Children)
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Federico García Lorca, written by Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro (Lectorum Publications Inc.)

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
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 (Rayo)

Honor books
Diego: Bigger Than Life, illustrated David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-GrandDavid (Marshall Cavendish Children)
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My Abuelita, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston (Harcourt Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Gracias Thanks, illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora (Lee & Low Books Inc.)

2009
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Margarita Engle. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom (Henry Holt)
Y PS3555.N4254 S87 2008

Honor books
Yuyi Morales. Just In Case (A Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press)
Francisco Jiménez. Reaching Out (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Y PS3560.I55 R43 2008
Lucía González. The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos, illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Children’s Book Press)

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Yuyi Morales. Just In Case (A Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press)

Honor books
Rudy Gutierrez. Papá and Me, written by Arthur Dorros (Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Lulu Delacre. The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos, written by Lucía González (Children’s Book Press)
Amy Córdova. What Can You Do With a Rebozo? Written by Carmen Tafolla (Tricycle Press, an imprint of Ten Speed Press)

2008
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Margarita Engle. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. Illustrated by Sean Qualls (Holt, 2006)

Honor books
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! (Marshall Cavendish, 2007)
Carmen Agra Deedy. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale. Illustrated by Michael Austin (Peachtree, 2007)
Marisa Montes. Los Gatos Black on Halloween, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. (Holt, 2006)

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Yuyi Morales. Los Gatos Black on Halloween. Written by Marisa Montes. (Holt, 2006)

Honor Books
Raúl Colón. My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez. Written by Monica Brown. (Luna Rising, 2007)
Maya Christina Gonzalez. My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo. (Children's Book Press, 2007)

2006
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Viola Canales. The Tequila Worm. (Wendy Lamb Books, a division of Random House, 2005).

Honor books
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! Illustrated by David Diaz. (Marshall Cavendish, 2004)
Pat Mora. Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart. Illustrated by Raul Colón. (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, 2005)
Pam Muñoz Ryan. Becoming Naomi León. (Scholastic Press, 2004)

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Raul Colón. Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart. Written by Pat Mora. (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, 2005)

Honor books
Selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre. Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games. (Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2004)
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David Diaz. César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! Written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. (Marshall Cavendish, 2004)
Rafael López, Illustrator. My Name Is Celia/ Me Llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/ La Vida de Celia Cruz. Written by Monica Brown. (Luna Rising, a bilingual imprint of Rising Moon, 2004)

2004
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Julia Alvarez. Before We Were Free. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)

Honor books
Nancy Osa. Cuba 15. (Delacorte Press, 2003)
Amada Irma Pérez. My Diary from Here to There/Mi Diario de Aquí Hasta Allá. (Children's Book Press)

Winner for Illustration
Medal winner
Yuyi Morales. Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (Chronicle Books, 2003)

Honor books
Robert Casilla, Illustrator. Written by L. King Pérez. First Day in Grapes. (Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2002)
David Diaz, Illustrator. Written by Nancy Andrews-Goebel. The Pot That Juan Built. (Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2002)
Yuyi Morales, Illustrator. Written by Kathleen Krull. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. (Harcourt, Inc., 2003)
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2002
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Pam Munoz Ryan. Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Press, 2000)
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Honor books
Francisco Jiménez. Breaking Through. (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001)
Francisco X. Alarcón. Iguanas in the Snow. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. (Children's Book Press)

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Susan Guevara, Illustrator. Written by Gary Soto. Chato and the Party Animals (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2000)

Honor book
Joe Cepeda, Illustrator. Retold by Marisa Montes. Juan Bobo Goes to Work. (HarperCollins, 2000)

2000
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Alma Flor Ada. Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba. (Atheneum Books, 1998).

Honor books
Francisco X. Alarcón. From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/ Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otro Poemas de Verano. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. (Children's Book Press, 1998).
Juan Felipe Herrera. Laughing out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish. Illustrated by Karen Barbour. (HarperCollins, 1998).

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Carmen Lomas Garza. Magic Windows. (Children's Book Press, 1999).

Honor books
George Ancona. Barrio: José's Neighborhood. (Harcourt Brace, 1998).
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Felipe Dávalos. The Secret Stars. Text by Joseph Slate. (Marshall Cavendish, 1998).
Amelia Lau Carling. Mama & Papa Have a Store. (Dial Books, 1998).

1998
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Martinez, Victor. Parrot in the Oven: mi vida. (Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, 1996).

Honor books
Alarcón, Francisco. Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Children's Book Press, 1997).
Martinez, Floyd. Spirits of the High Mesa (Arte Público Press, 1997).

Winners for Illustration
Medal Winner
Snapshots from the Wedding, illustrated by Stephanie Garcia. Text: Gary Soto (Putnam, 1997).

Honor books
Lomas Garza, Carmen. In My Family / En mi familia (Children's Book Press, 1996).
Sánchez, Enrique O. The Golden Flower: a Taino Myth from Puerto Rico text by Nina Jaffe (Simon & Schuster, 1996).
Silva, Simón. Gathering the Sun: an Alphabet in Spanish and English text by Alma Flor Ada; English translation by Rosa Zubizarreta (Lothrop, 1997).

1996
Winners for Narrative
Medal winner
Cofer, Judith Ortiz. An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (Melanie Kroupa / Orchard Books, 1995).

Honor books
González, Lucía. The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Scholastic, 1994).
Y PZ74.1 .G74 1994
Soto, Gary. Baseball in April, and Other Stories (Harcourt, 1994).
Y PZ7.S7242 Bas 1990

Winners for Illustration
Medal winner
Guevara, Susan. Chato's Kitchen written by Gary Soto (Putnam, 1995).
Y PZ7.S7242 Ch 1995

Honor books
Ancona, George. Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead (Lothrop, 1993).
Y F1210.A75 1993
Also published in a Spanish language edition: Pablo Recuerda: La Fiesta de Día de los Muertos (Lothrop, 1993).
Delacre, Lulu. The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale retold by Lucía González (Scholastic, 1994).
Y PZ74.1 .G74 1994
Lomas Garza, Carmen. Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia. Spanish language text by Rosalma Zubizaretta (Children's Book Press, 1990).
Y E184.S75 L66 1990

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