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Pura Belpré Book Awards

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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.

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2013

Winner

Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt Illustrated by David Diaz

As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave, Martin de Porres was born into extreme poverty. Even so, his mother begged the church fathers to allow him into the priesthood. Instead, Martin was accepted as a servant boy. But soon, the young man was performing miracles. Rumors began to fly around the city of a strange mulatto boy with healing hands, who gave first to the people of the barrios . Martin continued to serve in the church, until he was finally received by the Dominican Order, no longer called the worthless son of a slave, but rather a saint and the rose in the desert.

Honor Books

2012

Winner

Diego Rivera : His World and Ours
Diego Rivera : His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

An introduction to the life, career, and influence of the Mexican painter Diego Rivera.

2011

Winner

Grandma's Gift
Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

The author describes Christmas at his grandmother's apartment in Spanish Harlem the year she introduced him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Diego Velazquez's portrait of Juan de Pareja, which has had a profound and lasting effect on him.

2010

Winner

Book Fiesta! : Celebrate Children's Day / Book Day
Book Fiesta! : Celebrate Children's Day / Book Day by Pat Mora Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Children read aloud in various settings to celebrate of El día de los niños, or Children's Day, in this bilingual story. Includes facts about Mexico's annual celebration of children and the book fiestas that are often included.

2009

Winner

Just In Case
Just In Case by Yuyi Morales Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

As Señor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle's birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.

2008

Winner

Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos whose monstrous ball is interrupted by a true horror.

2006

Winner

Dona Flor : A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart
Dona Flor : A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart by Pat Mora Illustrated by Raul Colon

Doña Flor, a giant lady with a big heart, sets off to protect her neighbors from what they think is a dangerous animal, but soon discovers the tiny secret behind the huge noise.

2004

Winner

Just a Minute : A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Just a Minute : A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.

2002

Winner

Chato and the Party Animals
Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto Illustrated by Susan Guevara

Chato decides to throw a "pachanga" for his friend Novio Boy, who has never had a birthday party, but when it is time to party, Novio Boy cannot be found.

Honor Books

2000

Winner

Magic Windows
Magic Windows by Carmen Lomas Garza Illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza

In Spanish and English, Carmen Lomas Garza portrays her family's Mexican customs through cut-paper work.

1998

Winner

Snapshots from the Wedding
Snapshots from the Wedding by Gary Soto Illustrated by Stephanie Garcia

Maya, the flower girl, describes a Mexican American wedding through snapshots of the day's events, beginning with the procession to the altar and ending with her sleeping after the dance.

1996

Winner

Chato's Kitchen
Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto Illustrated by Susan Guevara

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.

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