(Pura) Belpré Award Selection Committee - 2025


To select annually a children's book published in the United States or Puerto Rico to recognize outstanding original works written or illustrated by a Latino/Latina author or illustrator that portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino/Latina cultural experience.


Asuncion Cora
(Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Joanna M. Arteaga La Spina
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Veronica Casanova
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Elizabeth Anne Ibarra Gaylor
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Star Khan
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Katelyn C. Martens-Rodriguez
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Christy Estrovitz
(Consultant, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Manuela Victoria Aronofsky
(Administrative Assistant, January 13, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Ana Cackley
(Staff Liaison, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2029)

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The Belpré Award Selection Committee consists of seven members, three appointed from the ALSC membership at large and three appointed from the REFORMA membership, serving 2-year terms and led by the committee chair. (Chair + 6)

The chair alternates: REFORMA appoints in even years; ALSC appoints in odd years.


Established in 1996 at the request of the ALSC Board of Directors and the REFORMA Board.

The 2025 Belpré Award Committee reviews books published in 2024 for the 2025 awards.

The 2025 award winners were announced in January 2025.

Staff Liaison

ALSC Awards Coordinator


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