(Pura) Belpré Award Selection Committee - 2018


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.


Stefanie Isabel Bailey (REFORMA Representative, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Susan H. Polos (REFORMA Representative, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Edwin Rodarte (REFORMA Representative, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Alicia Karina Long (Chair, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Dr. Emily Rose Aguilo-Perez (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Amy Christine Martin (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Patty Gonzales Ramirez (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
K. T. Horning (Consultant, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
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 chair alternates: REFORMA appoints in even years; ALSC appoints in odd years.

The 2018 Belpré Award Committee reviewed books published in 2017 for the 2018 awards.

The 2018 award winners were announced in February 2018.


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

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Staff Liaison

Courtney Jones