The Pura Belpré Award winners, 1996-present

pura belpre medal

2014 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina, published by Candlewick Press

Honor Books for narrative
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle, published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
The Living by Matt de la Peña, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS

For illustration

Medal winner
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales, published by Roaring Brook Press

Honor Books for illustration
Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita by Angela Dominguez, published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC
Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown, published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins 
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS

2013 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

Honor Book for narrative
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

For illustration

Medal winner
Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt, published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

No honor books for illustration were given.

2012 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, published by Lee and Low Books Inc.

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

For illustration

Medal winner
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, by Duncan Tonatiuh, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

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

2011 winners

For narrative

Medal winner
The Dreamer, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated  by Peter Sís, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Honor Books for narrative
¡Ole! Flamenco, written by George Ancona, illustrated by George Ancona, published by Lee and Low Books Inc.
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba, written by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing

For illustration

Medal winner
Grandma's Gift, illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez, published by Walker Publishing Company, Inc., a division of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.

Honor Books for illustration
Fiesta Babies, illustrated Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla, published by Tricycle Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Me, Frida, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams

2010 Winners

For narrative

Medal winner
Julia Alvarez. Return to Sender (Alfred A. Knopf)

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

For illustration

Medal winner
Rafael López. Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Written by Pat Mora. (Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Honor Books for illustration
David Diaz. Diego: Bigger Than Life. Written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. (Marshall Cavendish Children)
Yuyi Morales. My Abuelita. Written by Tony Johnston. (Harcourt Children's Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
John Parra. Gracias. Thanks. Written by Pat Mora. (Lee & Low Books Inc.)

2009 Winners

For narrative

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

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

For illustration

Medal winner
Yuyi Morales. Just In Case (A Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press)

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

2008 Winners

For narrative

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

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

For illustration

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

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

2006 Winners

For narrative

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

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

For illustration

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

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

2004 Winners

For narrative

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

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

For Illustration

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

HonHonor Books for illustration
Robert Casilla, Illustrator. Written by L. King Pérez. First Day in Grapes. (Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2002)
David Diaz, Illustrator. Written by Nancy Andrews-Goebel.  The Pot That Juan Built. (Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2002)
Yuyi Morales, Illustrator. Written by Kathleen Krull.  Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. (Harcourt, Inc., 2003)

2002 Winners

For Narrative

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

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

For Illustration

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

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

2000 Winners

For narrative

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

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

For Illustration

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

Honor Books for illustration
George Ancona. Barrio: José's Neighborhood. (Harcourt Brace, 1998).
Felipe Dávalos. The Secret Stars. Text by Joseph Slate. (Marshall Cavendish, 1998).
Amelia Lau Carling. Mama & Papa Have a Store. (Dial Books, 1998).

1998 Winners

For narrative

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

Honor Books for narrative
Alarcón, Francisco. Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Children's Book Press, 1997).
Martinez, Floyd. Spirits of the High Mesa (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
Lomas Garza, Carmen. In My Family / En mi familia (Children's Book Press, 1996).
Sánchez, Enrique O. The Golden Flower: a Taino Myth from Puerto Rico text by Nina Jaffe (Simon & Schuster, 1996).
Silva, Simón. Gathering the Sun: an Alphabet in Spanish and English text by Alma Flor Ada; English translation by Rosa Zubizarreta (Lothrop, 1997).

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

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