The Pura Belpré Award winners, 1996-present

Belpre Award medal image2017 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Juana & Lucas, written and illustrated by Juana Medina (Candlewick)

Honor Book for narration
The Only Road, by Alexandra Diaz (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman)

For illustration

Medal winner
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, written by Cathy Camper (Chronicle)

Honor Books for illustration
Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood (Charlesbridge)
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams) 

Members of the 2017 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee: Chair Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library; Marissa Alcorta, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, Ariz.; Laura Duncan, Oxnard Public Library, Oxnard, Calif.; Cyndi Giorgis, University of Texas at El Paso; Linda M. Pavonetti, Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.; Lettycia Terrones, Los Angeles Public Library; and Junko Yokota, Center for Teaching through Children's Books, Skokie, Ill.

2016 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, by Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster)

Honor Books for narration
The Smoking Mirror, by David Bowles (IFWG Publishing)
Mango, Abuela, and Me, by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez Candlewick)

For illustration

Medal winner
Drum Dream Girl, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Margarita Engle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Honor Books for illustration
My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata, iIllustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford (Cinco Puntos)
Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina (Candlewick)
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams) 

Members of the 2016 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Ana-Elba Pavon, Oakland (Calif.) Public Library; Sylvia Cecilia Aguiñaga, San Jose (Calif.) State University; Pat Bashir, Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library; Maria F. Estrella, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library; Maria C. Mena, Newport News (Va.) Public Library System; Teresa Mlawer, West Orange, N.J.; and Abigail Morales, San Diego (Calif.) County Library.

2015 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

Honor Book for narrative
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón (Dial/Penguin)

For illustration

Medal winner
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)

Honor Books for illustration
Little Roja Riding Hood illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Susan Middleton Elya (G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin)
Green Is a Chile Pepper illustrated by John Parra, written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong (Chronicle)
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)

Members of the 2015 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Tim Wadham, Puyallup (WA) Public Library; Dr. Ramona Caponegro, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.; Maria Cotto, Pawtucket (RI) Public Library; Iris N. Ilagan, La Canada Flintridge (CA) Public Library; Louise Lareau, New York Public Library; Maria E. Rodriguez, Dallas (TX) Independent School District; and Victor Lynn Schill, Fairbanks Branch Library, Houston, TX.

2014 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick)

Honor Books for narrative
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Living by Matt de la Peña (Delacorte/Penguin Random House)
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)

For illustration

Medal winner
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook)

Honor Books for illustration
Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita by Angela Dominguez (Holt)
Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown (Rayo/HarperCollins)
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)

Members of the 2014 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair C. Ruth Tobar, Grand Rapids, MI; Mary Clark, Young Critics Club, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CN; Paula M. Gonzales, Harris County Public Library, Lone Star College-Cy Fair Branch, Cypress, TX; Alicia K. Long, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Bradenton, FL; Celia C. Pérez, Harold Washington College, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Maria X. Peterson, Thomas Hughes Children's Library, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL; and Armando Ramírez, Redwood City (CA) Public Library.

2013 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster)

Honor Book for narrative
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano (Scholastic)

For illustration

Medal winner
Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

No honor books for illustration were given.

Members of the 2013 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair, Charmette Kuhn-Kendrick, South Columbus Public Library, Columbus, GA; Lucia Acosta Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ; Aryanez A. Crosby, DeKalb County Library, Chamblee, GA; Katherine Cunningham, Lexington Public Library, Lexington, KY; Robin F. Kurz, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; Ruth Quiroa, National-Lewis University, Lisle, IL.

2012 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Lee and Low)

Honor Books for narrative
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle (Holt)
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza (Cinco Puntos)

For illustration

Medal winner
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)

Honor Books for illustration
The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos (Charlesbridge)
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina, illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown (Children’s Book Press/Lee and Low)

Members of the 2012 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Jamie Naidoo, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; Rebecca A. Alcalá, San Mateo County Library, East Palo Alto, CA; Carling Febry, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Madison, WI; Luis F. Vargas, Yuma County Library District, San Luis, AZ; Daisy Gutierrez, Houston Public Library, Houston, TX; Amanda L. Sharpe, Harper Junior High School Library, Davis, CA; Henrietta M. Smith, University of South Florida, Delray Beach, FL.

2011 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
The Dreamer, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís (Scholastic)

Honor Books for narrative
¡Ole! Flamenco, written by George Ancona, illustrated by George Ancona (Lee and Low)
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba, written by Margarita Engle (Holt)
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis (Roaring Brook)

For illustration

Medal winner
Grandma's Gift, illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez (Walker/Bloomsbury)

Honor Books for illustration
Fiesta Babies, illustrated Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla (Tricycle/Crown/Random House)
Me, Frida, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky (Abrams)
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams) 

Members of the 2011 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Martha M. Walke, Children’s Literature New England, South Strafford, VT; Aryanez Crosby,Dekalb County Public Library, Chamblee, GA; Tatiana De La Tierra, Inglewood Public Library, Long Beach, CA; Floyd Dickman, Ostrander, OH; Sally Miculek, Austin Public Library, Austin, TX; Alma Ramos-McDermott, Pollard Middle School, Needham, MA; Stan Steiner, Boise State University Albertsons Library, Boise, ID; and Ruth Tobar, Grand Rapids, MI.

2010 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (Knopf)

Honor Books for narrative
Diego: Bigger Than Life, by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz (Marshall Cavendish)
Federico García Lorca, by Georgina Lázaro; illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro (Lectorum/Scholastic)

For illustration

Medal winner
Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Illus. by Rafael López; written by Pat Mora (Rayo/HarperCollins)

Honor Books for illustration
Diego: Bigger Than Life. Illus. by David Diaz; written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand (Marshall Cavendish)
My Abuelita. Illus. by Yuyi Morales; written by Tony Johnston (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Gracias. Thanks. Illus. by John Parra; written by Pat Mora (Lee & Low)

Members of the 2010 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Lucia González, Broward County Library, North Miami Beach, FL; Rebecca Hickman, Alvin Sherman Library-Nova Southeastern University, Boca Raton, FL; Judi Moreillon, Emily Gray Junior High-Tanque Verde High School, Tucson, AZ; Freda Mosquera, Broward County Library, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Patricia Montiel Overall, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Maggie Sepulveda, Houston Public Library, Pearland, TX; Roberto Zapata, San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, TX.

2009 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner 
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom  by Margarita Engle. (Henry Holt)

Honor Books for narrative
 Just In Case by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)
 Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez (Houghton Mifflin Company)
 The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos, by Lucía González illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Children’s Book Press)

For illustration

Medal winner
Just In Case by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook Press/Neal Porter)

Honor Books for illustration
Papá and Me, by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Arthur Dorros (Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos,by Lulu Delacre, written by Lucía González (Children’s Book Press)
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by, Amy Córdova, Written by Carmen Tafolla (Tricycle Press, an imprint of Ten Speed Press)

Members of the 2009 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Claudette McLinn, Los Angeles Unified School District; Loretta Dowell, San Francisco Public Library; Elva Garza, Austin (Texas) Public Library; Oralia Garza de Cortes, Latino Children’s Literature Consultant, Pasadena, CA; Debra Gold, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma Heights, OH; Charmette Kuhn-Kendrick, Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System, Columbus, GA; and Yolanda Valentin, Birmingham (AL) Public Library.

2008 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. By Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Sean Qualls (Holt, 2006)

Honor Books for narrative
Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. (Marshall Cavendish, 2007)
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale. By Carmen Agra Deedy.  Illustrated by Michael Austin (Peachtree, 2007)
Los Gatos Black on Halloween, By Marisa Montes. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. (Holt, 2006)

For illustration

Medal winner
Los Gatos Black on Halloween. By Yuyi Morales. Written by Marisa Montes. (Holt, 2006)

Honor Books for illustration
My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez. By Raúl Colón. Written by Monica Brown. (Luna Rising, 2007)
My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo. By, Maya Christina Gonzalez.  (Children's Book Press, 2007)

Members of the 2008 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair, Jean Hatfield, Alford Regional Branch, Wichita Public Library, KS; Adrián Barrientos, San José Public Library Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch, San José, CA; Hope Crandall, Washington Elementary School, Woodburn School District, Woodburn, OR; Judith V. Lechner, Auburn University, AL; Lisa Lintner-Sizemore, Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, KY. And Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, Columbia, SC.

2006 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner
The Tequila Worm. By, Viola Canales. (Wendy Lamb Books, a division of Random House, 2005).

Honor Books for narrative
César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Illustrated by David Diaz. (Marshall Cavendish, 2004)
Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart. By Pat Mora. Illustrated by Raul Colón. (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, 2005)
Becoming Naomi León. By Pam Muñoz Ryan.  (Scholastic Press, 2004)

For illustration

Medal winner:
Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart. By Raul Colón. Written by Pat Mora. (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, 2005)

Honor Books for illustration
Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games. Selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre.(Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2004)
César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!  By, David Diaz.Written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. (Marshall Cavendish, 2004)
My Name Is Celia/ Me Llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/ La Vida de Celia Cruz. Rafael López, Illustrator.Written by Monica Brown. (Luna Rising, a bilingual imprint of Rising Moon, 2004)

Members of the 2006 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair, Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA; Mariá E. Gentle, Arlington County Public Library, Arlington, VA; Lucía M. González, Broward County Library, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Leslie Hauschildt, Jefferson County Public Library, Evergreen, CO; Armando Ramírez, San Mateo County Library, San Mateo, CA; Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ; and Martha M. Walke, Children’s Literature New England, Inc., South Strafford, VT.

2004 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Before We Were Free. By Julia Alvarez. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)

Honor Books for narrative
Cuba 15. By Nancy Osa. (Delacorte Press, 2003)
My Diary from Here to There/Mi Diario de Aquí Hasta Allá. Amada Irma Pérez. (Children's Book Press)

For Illustration

Medal winner
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book By Yuyi Morales. (Chronicle Books, 2003)

Honor Books for illustration
First Day in Grapes. Robert Casilla, Illustrator. Written by L. King Pérez.  (Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2002)
The Pot That Juan Built. David Diaz, Illustrator. Written by Nancy Andrews-Goebel. (Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2002)

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Yuyi Morales, Illustrator. Written by Kathleen Krull.  (Harcourt, Inc., 2003)

Members of the 2004 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Chair: Rose Violet Treviño, Houston Public Library; Ilene Abramson, Los Angeles Public Library; Salvador Avila, Las Vegas - Clark County (NV) Library District; Roslyn Beitler, Barrett Elementary School, Arlington, VA; Linda Caycedo, The New York Public Library; Ana-Elba Pavon, San Francisco Public Library; and Tammy Pineda, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN.

2002 Winners

For Narrative

Medal winner
Esperanza Rising By Pam Munoz Ryan. (Scholastic Press, 2000)

Honor Books for narrative
Breaking Through. By Francisco Jiménez.  (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001)
Iguanas in the Snow. By Francisco X. Alarcón.  Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. (Children's Book Press)

For Illustration

Medal winner
Chato and the Party Animals By Susan Guevara, Illustrator. Written by Gary Soto. (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2000)

Honor Book for illustration
Juan Bobo Goes to Work. By Joe Cepeda, Illustrator. Retold by Marisa Montes. (HarperCollins, 2000)

Members of the 2002 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Eliza T. Dresang, Florida State University, Tallahassee; Miguel García Colón, Chicago Public Library; Jean Hatfield, Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission (Kan.); Bethe Marie Lehman, L.O. Donald Elementary School, Dallas; Maria C. Mena, Leon County Public Library System, Tallahassee (Fla.); Meb Norton, Metairie Park Country Day School, New Orleans; Nissa Montoya-Perez, East Los Angeles Library.

2000 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba. By Alma Flor Ada.  (Atheneum Books, 1998).

Honor Books for narrative
From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/ Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otro Poemas de Verano. By Francisco X. Alarcón. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. (Children's Book Press, 1998).
Laughing out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish. By Juan Felipe Herrera. Illustrated by Karen Barbour. (HarperCollins, 1998).

For Illustration

Medal winner
Magic Windows. By Carmen Lomas Garza. (Children's Book Press, 1999).

Honor Books for illustration
Barrio: José's Neighborhood. George Ancona. (Harcourt Brace, 1998).
The Secret Stars. Felipe Dávalos. Text by Joseph Slate. (Marshall Cavendish, 1998).

Mama & Papa Have a Store. Amelia Lau Carling. (Dial Books, 1998).

Members of the 2000 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Yolanda Bonitch, Mollie B. Bynum, Maria A. Champlin, Miguel A. Garcia-Colon, Ginny Moore Kruse, Priscilla E. Leni, Maureen White.

1998 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Parrot in the Oven: mi vida. Martinez, Victor.  (Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, 1996).

Honor Books for narrative
Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera By Francisco Alarcón. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Children's Book Press, 1997).
Spirits of the High Mesa By Floyd Martinez.(Arte Público Press, 1997).

For illustration

Medal Winner
Snapshots from the Wedding, illustrated by Stephanie Garcia. Text: Gary Soto (Putnam, 1997).

Honor Books for illustration
In My Family / En mi familia By Carmen Lomas Garza (Children's Book Press, 1996).
The Golden Flower: a Taino Myth from Puerto Rico Enrique O. Sánchez, text by Nina Jaffe (Simon & Schuster, 1996).

Gathering the Sun: an Alphabet in Spanish and English By Simón Silva, text by Alma Flor Ada; English translation by Rosa Zubizarreta (Lothrop, 1997).

Members of the 1998 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Melinda Dale Greenblatt, Oralia Garza Cortez, Lauren L. Mayer, Elissa R. Miller, Judith Rodriguez, Patricia M. Wong, Judy E. Zuckerman.

1996 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Cofer, Judith Ortiz. An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (Melanie Kroupa / Orchard Books, 1995).

Honor Books for narrative
González, Lucía. The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Scholastic, 1994).
Soto, Gary. Baseball in April, and Other Stories (Harcourt, 1994).

For illustration

Medal winner

Chato's Kitchen By Susan Guevara, written by Gary Soto (Putnam, 1995).

Honor Books for illustration
Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead By George Ancona (Lothrop, 1993).
Also published in a Spanish language edition: Pablo Recuerda: La Fiesta de Día de los Muertos (Lothrop, 1993).
The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale By Lulu Delacre, retold by Lucía González (Scholastic, 1994).
Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia. By Carmen Lomas Garza. Spanish language text by Rosalma Zubizaretta (Children's Book Press, 1990).

Members of the 1996 Pura Belpré Award Committee: Chair Oralia Garza de Cortes, Alan Bern, C. Toni Bissessar, Melinda Dale Greenblatt, Lauren L. Mayer, Linda A. Perkins, Judith Rodriguez.

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Members of the 2016 Pura Belpré Award Committee are: Chair Ana-Elba Pavon, Oakland (Calif.) Public Library; Sylvia Cecilia Aguiñaga, San Jose (Calif.) State University; Pat Bashir, Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library; Maria F. Estrella, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library; Maria C. Mena, Newport News (Va.) Public Library System; Teresa Mlawer, West Orange, N.J.; and Abigail Morales, San Diego (Calif.) County Library.