(Pura) Belpré Award Selection Committee - 2020


To select annually a children's book published in the United States or Puerto Rico to recognize outstanding original works written or illustrated by a Latino/Latina author or illustrator that portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino/Latina cultural experience.


Linda Caycedo (REFORMA Representative, February 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Alexandra Gomez (REFORMA Representative, February 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Guadalupe Leyva (REFORMA Representative, February 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Mrs. Maria Xochitl Peterson (Chair, February 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Cristina E. Mitra (Member, February 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Ms. Pat Toney (Member, February 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Mercedes Zabawa (Member, February 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Carol K. Phillips (Consultant, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Katie Connelly (Staff Liaison, April 30, 2019, to April 30, 2024)

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Publishers, please e-mail alscawards@ala.org for address information.


The Belpré Award Selection Committee consists of seven members, three appointed from the ALSC membership at large and three appointed from the REFORMA membership, serving 2-year terms and led by the committee chair. (Chair + 6)
The chair alternates: REFORMA appoints in even years; ALSC appoints in odd years.

The 2020 Belpré Award Committee reviews books published in 2019 for the 2020 awards.

The 2020 award winners will be announced in January 2020.


Established in 1996 at the request of the ALSC Board of Directors and the REFORMA Board.

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REFORMA: Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos. Get involved with REFORMA.

Staff Liaison

ALSC Awards Coordinator