Pura Belpré Award

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Pura Belpré Award
Awarded forExcellent portrayal of Latino experience in children's literature
CountryUnited States
Presented byAssociation for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded1996
Websiteala.org/alsc/belpre

The Pura Belpré Award is a recognition presented to a Latino or Latina author and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children or youth. It was established in 1996.[1] It was given every other year since 1996 until 2009 when it was changed to be given annually.[2]

The award is named in honor of Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian from the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Latino children through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.[2]

The award is given 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).[2]

Criteria[edit]

  • Two medals shall be awarded at the annual conference of the American Library Association, one to a Latino author and one to a Latino illustrator, for creating outstanding original children's (age 0-14) books that portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
  • For purposed of this award, Latino is defined as people whose heritage emanates from any of the Spanish-speaking cultures of the Western Hemisphere.
  • The award-winning books must be published in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • The committee is not to consider the entire body of work by an author or whether the author has previously won the award.
  • Recipients of the Pura Belpré Medal must be residents or citizens of the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Fiction and nonfiction books for children published in Spanish, English, or bilingual format are eligible.
  • Honor books may be named.
  • If suitable candidates are not found, the awards will not be presented in that year.
  • One person may be selected to receive the awards in both categories.[3]

Recipients[edit]

Pura Belpré Medal winners and honors[4]
Year Work Recipient Title Citation
2020 author Carlos Hernandez Sal and Gabi Break the Universe Winner
author Angela Cervantes Lety Out Loud Honor
author Rebecca Balcárcel The Other Half of Happy Honor
author Anika Aldamuy Denise Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré Honor
author Duncan Tonatiuh Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War Honor
illustrator Rafael López Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln Winner
illustrator Carlos Aponte Across the Bay Honor
illustrator Zeke Peña My Papi Has a Motorcycle Honor
illustrator Raúl Gonzalez ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market Honor
2019 author Elizabeth Acevedo The Poet X Winner
author David Bowles They Call Me Güero Honor
illustrator Yuyi Morales Dreamers / Soñadores Winner
illustrator José Ramírez When Angels Sing Honor
illustrator Leo Espinosa Islandborn Honor
2018 author Ruth Behar Lucky Broken Girl Winner
author Pablo Cartaya The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Honor
author Celia C. Perez The First Rule of Punk Honor
illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal La Princesa and the Pea Winner
illustrator Adriana M. Garcia All Around Us Honor
illustrator John Parra Frida Kahlo And Her Animalitos Honor
2017 author Juana Medina Juana & Lucas Winner
author Alexandra Diaz The Only Road Honor
illustrator Raúl González Lowriders to the Center of the Earth Winner
illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist Honor
illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes Honor
2016 author Margarita Engle Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir Winner
author David Bowles The Smoking Mirror Honor
author Meg Medina Mango, Abuela, and Me Honor
illustrator Rafael López The Drum Dream Girl Winner
illustrator Antonio Castro L. My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata Honor
illustrator Angela Dominguez Mango, Abuela, and Me Honor
illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras Honor
2015 author Marjorie Agosín I Lived on Butterfly Hill Winner
author Juan Felipe Herrera Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes Honor
illustrator Yuyi Morales Viva Frida Winner
illustrator Susan Guevara Little Roja Riding Hood Honor
illustrator John Parra Green Is a Chile Pepper Honor
illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation Honor
2014 author Meg Medina Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Winner
author Margarita Engle The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist Honor
author Matt de la Peña The Living Honor
author Duncan Tonatiuh Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale Honor
illustrator Yuyi Morales Niño Wrestles the World Winner
illustrator Angela Dominguez Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita Honor
illustrator Rafael López Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo Honor
illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A MIgrant's Tale Honor
2013 author Benjamin Alire Sáenz Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Winner
author Sonia Manzano The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano Honor
illustrator David Diaz Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert Winner
2012 author Guadalupe Garcia McCall Under the Mesquite Winner
author Margarita Engle Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck Honor
author Xavier Garza Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller Honor
illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Diego Rivera: His World and Ours Winner
illustrator Rafael López The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred Honor
illustrator Sara Palacios Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match / Marisol McDonald no combina Honor
2011 author Pam Muñoz Ryan The Dreamer Winner
author George Ancona ¡Ole! Flamenco Honor
author Margarita Engle The Firefly: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba Honor
author Enrique Flores-Galbis 90 Miles to Havana Honor
illustrator Eric Velasquez Grandma's Gift Winner
illustrator Amy Córdova Fiesta Babies Honor
illustrator David Diaz Me, Frida Honor
illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin Honor
2010 author Julia Alvarez Return to Sender Winner
author Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Diego: Bigger Than Life Honor
author Georgina Lazaro Federico García Lorca Honor
illustrator Rafael López Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros Winner
illustrator David Diaz Diego: Bigger Than Life Honor
illustrator Yuyi Morales My Abuelita Honor
illustrator John Parra Gracias • Thanks Honor
2009 author Margarita Engle The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Winner
author Yuyi Morales Just In Case Honor
author Francisco Jiménez Reaching Out Honor
author Lucía M. González The Storyteller's Candle Honor
illustrator Yuyi Morales Just In Case Winner
illustrator Rudy Gutierrez Papá and Me Honor
illustrator Lulu Delacre The Storyteller's Candle Honor
illustrator Amy Córdova What Can You Do With a Rebozo Honor
2008 author Margarita Engle The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Winner
author Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! Honor
author Carmen Agra Deedy Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale Honor
author Marisa Montes Los Gatos Black on Halloween Honor
illustrator Yuyi Morales Los Gatos Black on Halloween Winner
illustrator Raúl Colón Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez Honor
illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez Mis colores, mi mundo Honor
2006 author Viola Canales The Tequila Worm Winner
author Carmen T. Bernier-Grand César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! Honor
author Pat Mora Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart Honor
author Pam Muñoz Ryan Becoming Naomi León Honor
illustrator Raúl Colón Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart Winner
illustrator Lulu Delacre Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games Honor
illustrator David Diaz César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! Honor
illustrator Rafael López Me Llamo Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz Honor
2004 author Julia Alvarez Before We Were Free Winner
author Nancy Osa Cuba 15 Honor
author Amada Irma Pérez Mi Diario de Aquí Hasta Allá Honor
illustrator Yuyi Morales Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book Winner
illustrator Robert Casilla First Day in Grapes Honor
illustrator David Diaz The Pot That Juan Built Honor
illustrator Yuyi Morales Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Honor
2002 author Pam Muñoz Ryan Esperanza Rising Winner
author Francisco Jiménez Breaking Through Honor
author Francisco X. Alarcón Iguanas in the Snow Honor
illustrator Susan Guevara Chato and the Party Animals Winner
illustrator Joe Cepeda Juan Bobo Goes to Work Honor
2000 author Alma Flor Ada Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba Winner
author Francisco X. Alarcón Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otro Poemas de Verano Honor
author Juan Felipe Herrera Laughing out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish Honor
illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza Magic Windows Winner
illustrator George Ancona Barrio: José's Neighborhood Honor
illustrator Felipe Dávalos The Secret Stars Honor
illustrator Amelia Lau Carling Mama & Papa Have a Store Honor
1998 author Victor Martinez Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida Winner
author Francisco X. Alarcón Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera Honor
author Floyd Martinez Spirits of the High Mesa Honor
illustrator Stephanie Garcia Snapshots from the Wedding Winner
illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza En mi familia Honor
illustrator Enrique O. Sánchez The Golden Flower: a Taino Myth from Puerto Rico Honor
illustrator Simón Silva Gathering the Sun: an Alphabet in Spanish and English Honor
1996 author Judith Ortiz Cofer An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio Winner
author Lucía M. González El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale Honor
author Gary Soto Baseball in April, and Other Stories Honor
illustrator Susan Guevara Chato's Kitchen Winner
illustrator George Ancona Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead Honor
illustrator Lulu Delacre El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale Honor
illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza Cuadros de Familia Honor

Recipients of Multiple Medals and Honors[edit]

George Ancona, Yuyi Morales, and Duncan Tonatiuh have received medals or honors for their roles as both author and illustrator. Duncan Tonatiuh is the only person to receive multiple awards in one year for two different works.

Belpré Medals[edit]

One person has won six Belpré Medals.

  • Yuyi Morales, as illustrator 2004, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2019.

Two people have won three Belpré Medals.

Multiple people have won two Belpré Medals: Julia Alvarez as author, Susan Guevara as illustrator, and Pam Muñoz Ryan as author.

Belpré Honors[edit]

One person has won eight Belpré Honors.

  • Duncan Tonatiuh, as illustrator 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and twice in 2017; as author 2014 and 2020.

One author has won four Belpré Honors

  • David Diaz, as illustrator 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011.

Multiple people have won three Belpré Honors.

Multiple people have won two Belpré Honors. As illustrator: Amy Córdova, Angela Dominguez, and Carmen Lomas Garza. As author: Juan Felipe Herrera, David Bowles and Francisco Jiménez as author.

Medal and Honor[edit]

Several authors have received both a Belpré Medal and a Belpré Honor: Raúl Colón, David Diaz, Margarita Engle, Carmen Lomas Garza, Susan Guevara, Rafael López, Meg Medina, Yuyi Morales, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and Duncan Tonatiuh.

Works with Multiple Awards[edit]

  • Diego: Bigger than Life was the subject of two honors for author and illustrator in 2010.
  • The Storyteller's Candle was the subject of two honors for author and illustrator in 2009.
  • Just In Case was the subject of a medal for illustrator and an honor for author in 2009.
  • Los Gatos Black on Halloween was the subject of a medal for illustrator and an honor for author in 2008
  • Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart was the subject of a medal for illustrator and an honor for author in 2006.
  • César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! was the subject of two honors for author and illustrator in 2006.
  • 'El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale was the subject of two honors for author and illustrator in 1996.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to the Pura Belpré Award home page!". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  2. ^ a b c "About the Belpré Medal". ALSC, ALA. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  3. ^ "(Pura) Belpré Award Terms and Criteria". ALSC, ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  4. ^ "The Pura Belpré Award winners, 1996–present". ALSC, ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-04.