Pura Belpré Book AwardsThe 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.
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WinnerThe Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.
WinnerViva Frida by Yuyi Morales Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
"Viva Frida" uses rich, vibrant color photographs and minimal evocative text to beautifully portray the unique imagination and creativity of an iconic Latina artist.
WinnerNino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.
WinnerMartin 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.
WinnerDiego 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.
WinnerGrandma'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.
WinnerBook 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.
WinnerJust 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.
WinnerLos 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.
WinnerDona 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.
- Arrorro, Mi Nino : Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games by Lulu Delacre Illustrated by Lulu Delacre
- Cesar : Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Illustrated by David Diaz
- My Name is Celia / Me Llamo Celia : The Life of Celia Cruz / La Vida de Celia Cruz by Monica Brown Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
WinnerJust 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.
WinnerChato 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.
WinnerMagic 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.
WinnerSnapshots 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.
WinnerChato'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.
- Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza Illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza
- Pablo Remembers : The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead by George Ancona Illustrated by George Ancona
- The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas : A Traditional Cuban Folktale by Lucia M Gonzalez Illustrated by Lulu Delacre