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 Award

2014 Winner(s)

Niño Wrestles the World

illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press


2014 Honor(s)

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita

illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC


Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS


Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo

illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


Author Award

2014 Winner(s)

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

written by Meg Medina and published by Candlewick Press


2014 Honor(s)

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS


The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist

written by Margarita Engle and published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company


The Living

written by Matt de la Peña and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company