Pura Belpre Award
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented 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 the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.
The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.
It is now an annual award. It was a biennial award from its inaugural year in 1996 through 2008.
Using traditional folk art from papel picado, cut-paper art, Garza reveals her Mexican heritage and life in Texas in this bilingual book in Spanish and English. Past and present cultures and generations are connected through fifteen intricately crafted cutouts, each formed from a single piece of paper.
Barrio: José's Neighborhood
Mama & Papa Have a Store
The Secret Stars
Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba
In a heartwarming and loving portrayal of her childhood days in Cuba, Ada describes her deep friendship with a beloved dance teacher. Readers meet relatives and share the tragedy of the loss of Ada's beloved uncle. Photographs enhance the diary-like portrayal of Ada's early years.
"This collection, a companion volume to Ada's Where the Flame Trees Bloom, encourages children to discover the stories in their own lives and to celebrate the joys and struggles we all share no matter where or when we grew up," said Yolanda Bonitch, chair of the Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee.