(Pura) Belpré Award Selection Committee - 2017


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.


Marissa Galindo Alcorta (REFORMA Representative, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Ms. Laura Duncan (REFORMA Representative, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Lettycia Terrones (REFORMA Representative, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Eva M. Mitnick (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Dr. Cyndi A. Giorgis (Member, July 29, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
Dr. Linda M. Pavonetti (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Dr. Junko Yokota (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
K. T. Horning (Consultant, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Courtney Jones (Staff Liaison, March 31, 2014, to June 30, 2018)

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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 2017 Belpré Award Committee is reviewing books published in 2016 for the 2017 awards.

The 2017 award winners will be announced in January 2017.


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

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Staff Liaison

Courtney Jones