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Instructional Media Center: Pura Belpré


"The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented 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. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore." -- American Library Association




Treviño, Rose Zertuche
The Pura Belpré Awards
Chicago : ALA Editions of the American Library Association. 2006.
This book is available in the Post Circulation Main Collection  Z1037.A2 P87 2006  or as an E Book -- To access the E Book, click on the book cover

Pura Belpré Author Award Winner

2017: Juana & Lucas -- Medina 

2016: Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir -- Engle B En35E 

2015: I lived on Butterfly Hill -- Agosin F Ag75i

2014: Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass -- Medina F M469y    

2012: Under the mesquite -- McCall F M124u

2011: The dreamer -- Ryan F R957d

2010: Return to sender -- Alvarez F Al86r

2009: The surrenter tree: poems of Cuba's struggle for freedom -- Engle 808.1 En35s

2006: The Tequila worm -- Canales F C16t

2002: Esperanza rising -- Munoz F R957e

1998: Parrot in the Oven: mi mida -- Martinez F M366p

Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book

2017: The only road -- Diaz F D5438o

2016: Mango, Abuela, and me -- Medina E M469m  

2015: Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes -- Herrera 920.009 H434p

2012: Hurricane dancers: the first Caribbean pirate shipwreck -- Engle 808.1 En35h

2011: ¡Ole! Flamenco -- Ancona 793.3 An22o

          The firefly letters: a suffragette's journey to Cuba -- Engle 808.1 En35f

          90 miles to Havana -- Flores-Galbis F F663n

2010: Federico García Lorca -- Lazáro 759.1 B457d    ó  

2009: Reaching out -- Jiménez F J564r

           The storyteller's candle -- González 463 G589t

2008: Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long live life! -- Bernier-Grand 808.1 B4568f

2006: Cesár: ¡Sí, se puede! Yes, we can! Bernier-Grand 468 B462c

            Doña Flor: A tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart -- Mora E M791d

            Becoming Naomi León -- Ryan F R957b

2004: Cuba 15 -- Osa F Os2c

1998: Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems -- Alarcón 808.1 Al11l

1996: The bossy gallito / El gallo de bodas : a traditional Cuban folktale -- González 398.729 G589b

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner

2017: Lowriders to the center of the earth -- Camper F C154l

2016: Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music -- Engle E En35d 

2015: Viva Frieda! -- Morales 759.972 M791v     

2014: Niño wrestles the world -- Morales E M792n

2012: Diego Rivera : his world and ours -- Tonatiuh B R524T

2011: Grandma's gift -- Velasquez E V541g

2010: Book fiesta!: celebrate children's day/book day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros

2009: Just in case -- Morales 468 M792j  

2006: Doña Flor: A tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart -- Mora E M791d

2004: Just a minute: a trickster tale and counting book -- Morales E M792j

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book

2017:  Esquivel! space-age sound artist -- Wood Esquivel B Es69w

            The princess and the warrior: a tale of two volcanoes -- Tonatiuh 398.72 T61p 

2016: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras -- Tonatiuh 769.92 T61f

         Mango, Abuela, and me -- Medina E M469m  

2015: Little roja riding hood -- Elya 398.43 E191l

2012: The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred -- Vamos E V256c

2011: Dear Primo: a letter to my cousin -- Tonatiuh E T61d

2010: Diego: Bigger than life -- Bernier-Grand  759.1 B457d

            My Abuelita -- Johnston E J648a

            Grasias. Thanks -- Mora 468 m798g

2009: Papá and me -- Dorros E D738p

            The storyteller's candle -- González 463 G589

            What can you do with a rebozo? -- Tafolla E T1251w

2006: Cesár: ¡Sí, se puede! Yes, we can! Bernier-Grand 468 B462c

             My name is Celia/ Me llamo es Celia: The life of Celia Cruz/La vida de Celia Cruz -- Brown B C892B

2004: First day in grapes -- Pérez E P415f

              The pot that Juan built -- Andrews-Goebel 738 An26p

               Harvesting hope: the story of Cesar Chavez -- Krull B C398k

1998: The golden flower: a Taino myth from Puerto Rico -- Jaffe 398.729 J18g

1996: Pablo remembers: the fiesta of the Day of the Dead -- Anacona 393 An229

              The bossy gallito / El gallo de bodas : a traditional Cuban folktale -- González 398.729 G589b

              Family pictures / Cuadros de familia -- Lomas 325 L837f