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Pura Belpré Book Awards

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.

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Author Award Winner

Frizzy by  Claribel A Ortega Illustrated by  Rose Bousamra Marlene loves three things: art, her cool tía Ruby and hanging out with her best friend, Camila. But according to her mother, Paola, the only things she needs to focus on are school and growing up. That means straightening her hair every weekend so she can have 'presentable,' 'good' hair. But Marlene hates being in the salon and doesn't understand why her curls are not considered pretty by those around her. With a few hiccups, a dash of embarrassment, and the much-needed help of Camila and Tía Ruby--she slowly starts a journey to learn to appreciate and proudly wear her curly hair.

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Illustrator Award Winner

Where Wonder Grows
Where Wonder Grows by  Xelena González Illustrated by  Adriana M. Garcia A grandmother explores her special garden with her granddaughters. Wonder grows everywhere, but Grandmother especially loves to show it in her story garden. She invites her granddaughters to join her in a sweet meditation on the treasures she's brought to that magical place--the rocks, the shells, the crystals, the meteorites: how they came to be, how they were formed, how they each have a story to tell.

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