Pura Belpré Award DVD available from ALSC

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper
For Immediate Release
August 1, 2006

Pura Belpré Award DVD available from ALSC

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the availability of a special DVD, "The Pura Belpré Award: Celebrating the Latino Experience in Children's Literature."

This inspiring DVD, created by Scholastic and Weston Woods in association with ALSC and REFORMA -The Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking - in honor of the award's 10th anniversary, highlights the significance of the award to readers, authors, illustrators, librarians and educators through interviews with the founders and winners of the award. The entire DVD can be played in either English or Spanish and also has the option of playing with English or Spanish subtitles.

As a special incentive, a complimentary copy of the DVD is being offered to all new members who join ALSC between July 1 and September 30, 2006.

The DVD is also available for purchase from ALSC while supplies last for $15 per copy, including shipping and handling. All sales benefit the Belpré Award Endowment Fund. There are four ways to order: call 312-280-2163 or 800-545-2433, ext. 2163; fax an order form to 312-280-5271; e-mail your order to
alsc@ala.org; or mail an order form and payment to ALSC, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. The order form is available at
www.ala.org/alsc under the "Breaking News" heading.

The Pura Belpré Award honors Latino writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino experience in outstanding works of literature for children and youth. For more information about the award and a list of current and past winners, visit