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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.
2017 Author Award Winner
Juana & Lucas, written and illustrated by Juana Medina and published by Candlewick Press.
2017 Illustrator Award Winner
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, written by Cathy Camper and published by Chronicle Books LLC.
2017 Author Honor Book
The Only Road, written by Alexandra Diaz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/A Paula Wiseman Book.
2017 Illustrator Honor Books
Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood and published by Charlesbridge.
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.