Pura Belpré Award

About the Pura Belpré 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.

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. 

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Illustrator

2020 Winner(s)

Winner

"Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln," illustrated by Rafael López; written by Margarita Engle. Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

2020 Honor(s)

Honor

"My Papi has a Motorcycle," illustrated by Zeke Peña; written by Isabel Quintero. Published by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House.

"Across the Bay," illustrated and written by Carlos Aponte. Published by Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House.

"¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market," illustrated and written by Raúl the Third. Published by Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Author

2020 Winner(s)

Winner

"Sal and Gabi Break the Universe," written by Carlos Hernandez. Published by Rick Riordan Presents, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

2020 Honor(s)

Honor

"Lety Out Loud," written by Angela Cervantes. Published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

"The Other Half of Happy," written by Rebecca Balcárcel. Published by Chronicle Books.

"Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré," written by Anika Aldamuy Denise; illustrated by Paola Escobar. Published by HarperCollins Children's Books.

"Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War," written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers.