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Pura Belpré Honor
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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.

It has been given every other year since 1996. Beginning with the 2009 award, it will be given annually.

2014

Author Honor: de la Peña, Matt. (2013). The living. New York : Delacorte Press.

After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

Author Honor: Engle, Margarita. (2013). The lightning dreamer: Cuba’s greatest abolitionist. Boston ; New York : Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

In free verse, evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes.

Author Honor: Tonatiuh, Duncan. (2013). Pancho Rabbit and the coyote : a migrant's tale. New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers.

When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote. Includes author's note.

Illustrator Honor: Brown, Monica. (2013). Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo. (Illustrated by Rafael López; translated by Adriana Domínguez). New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers.

A vibrant bilingual picture-book biography that portrays the musical and cultural phenomenon of Tito Puente, Mambo King.

Illustrator Honor: Dominguez, Angela. (2013). Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita. New York : Henry Holt.

In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, set in Peru, Maria takes her llama to school one day.

Illustrator Honor: Tonatiuh, Duncan. (2013). Pancho Rabbit and the coyote : a migrant's tale. New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers.

When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote. Includes author's note.

2013

Narrative Honor: Manzano, Sonia. (2012). The revolution of Evelyn Serrano. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC M296re

It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated--and dangerous.

Illustration Honor: No honor books for illustration were given.

2012

Narrative Honor: Engle, Margarita. (2011). Hurricane dancers : the first Caribbean pirate shipwreck. (Illustrated by Cathie Bleck). New York : Henry Holt. 811.54 E58h

Quebrado has been a slave on captain Bernadino de Talavera’s pirate ship for years, but when a hurricane sinks the ship and kills most of the crew, Quebrado escapes to safety and finds acceptance and refuge in a nearby village.

Narrative Honor: Garza, Xavier. (2011). Maximilian & the mystery of the Guardian Angel : a bilingual lucha libre thriller. El Paso, Tex. : Cinco Puntos Press. INTR-FIC G245ma

Eleven-year-old Maximilian, a big fan of the form of wrestling known as lucha libre, begins to suspect that he has a close connection with his favorite luchador, El Angel de La Guardia, the Guardian Angel

Illustration Honor: Vamos, Samantha R. (2011). The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred. (Illustrated by Rafael LoŽpez). Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge. PRIM-FIC V216c

A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Each key term is given first in English then in Spanish through the rest of the story. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.

Illustration Honor: Brown, Monica. (2011). Marisol McDonald doesn't match = Marisol McDonald no combina. (Illustrations by Sara Palacios; Spanish translation by Adriana Dominguez). San Francisco : Children's Book Press. PRIM-FIC B8792ma

Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.

2011

Narrative Honor: Ancona, George. (2010). ¡Olé! flamenco. New York : Lee & Low Books Inc. 793.3 A511o

"Photo-essay about Flamenco, a southern Spanish art form that incorporates song, dance, and music, tracing its cultural history and focusing on a contemporary young girl and her brother as they learn the traditional style of movement and instrument playing. Includes a glossary/pronunciation guide and author's sources"--Provided by publisher.

Narrative Honor: Engle, Margarita. (2010). The firefly letters : a suffragette’s journey to Cuba. New York : Henry Holt and Co. INTR-FIC E582fi

Draws on little-known Cuban history to tell a stirring story in poetry. Based on the diaries and letters of Swedish suffragist Fredrika Bremer, who spent three months in Cuba in 1851, the story focuses on oppressed women, the privileged as well as the enslaved, in three alternating free-verse narratives.

Narrative Honor: Flores-Galbis, Enrique. (2010). 90 miles to Havana. New York : Roaring Brook Press. INTR-FIC F6345ni

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian’s parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it’s not always clear how best to protect themselves.

Illustration Honor: Tafolla, Carmen. (2010). Fiesta babies. (Illustrated by Amy CoŽrdova). Berkeley : Tricycle Press. PRIM-FIC T1245fi

Babies enjoy the colorful fiesta with singing, dancing, hugs, and kisses.

Illustration Honor: Novesky, Amy. (2010). Me, Frida. (Illustrated by David Diaz). New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC N9426me

When her famous husband, Diego Rivera, is commissioned to paint a mural in San Francisco, California, in the 1930s, his wife, the artist Frida Kahlo finds her own voice and style as she explores the city on her own.

Illustration Honor: Tonatiuh, Duncan. (2010). Dear Primo : a letter to my cousin. (Illustrated by David Diaz). New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC T6631de

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

2010

Narrative Honor: Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. (2009). Diego : bigger than life. (Illustrated by David Diaz). New York : Marshall Cavendish. 759.972 B528d

"The life and work of the artist Diego Rivera is told through chronological poems that capture salient points in his life"--Provided by publisher.

Narrative Honor: Lázaro León, Georgina. (2009). Federico García Lorca. (Illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro). New York : Lectorum. 921 L8655L

Poetic text recounts the childhood of the noted Spanish poet, including his love for the nature and folklore of his native Andalusia, his introduction to music and literature at home, and his health problems.

Illustration Honor: Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. (2009). Diego : bigger than life. (Illustrated by David Diaz). New York : Marshall Cavendish. 759.972 B528d

"The life and work of the artist Diego Rivera is told through chronological poems that capture salient points in his life"--Provided by publisher.

Illustration Honor: Johnson, Tony. (2009). My abuelita. (Illlustrated by Yuyi Morales; photographed by Tim O'Meara). Boston, Mass. : Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt Children's Books. PRIM-FIC J734my

With great gusto, a child's grandmother performs deep knee bends, consumes a breakfast of "huevos estrellados," and practices vocal exercises before going to work as a storyteller.

Illustration Honor: Mora, Pat. (2009). Gracias = Thanks. (Illustrations by John Parra; translation by Adriana DomiŽnguez). New York : Lee & Low Books. PRIM-FIC M827gr

A young boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful, ladybugs and foamy waves, crickets, and a family that loves him.

2009

Narrative Honor: Morales, Yuyi. (2008). Just in case : a trickster tale and Spanish alphabet book. New York : Roaring Brook Press. PRIM-FIC M828jc 

As Señor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle's birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.

Narrative Honor: JimeŽnez, Francisco. (2008). Reaching out. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company. INTR-FIC J615re 

Leaving his home in a migrant community, Francisco sets off for college, carrying memories of years of poverty and prejudice.

Narrative Honor: González, Lucía M. (2008). The storyteller’s candle = La velita de los cuentos. (Illustrations by Lulu Delacre). San Francisco, Calif. : Children’s Book Press. PRIM-FIC G6434st 

During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura BelpreŽ, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood’s first Three Kings’ Day fiesta.

Illustration Honor: Dorros, Arthur. (2008). Papá and me. (Pictures by Rudy Gutierrez). New York : HarperCollinsPublishers. PRIM-FIC D7165pa 

A boy and his father speak Spanish and English as they spend a wonderful, ordinary day together.

Illustration Honor: González, Lucía M. (2008). The storyteller’s candle = La velita de los cuentos. (Illustrations by Lulu Delacre). San Francisco, Calif. : Children’s Book Press. PRIM-FIC G6434st 

During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura BelpreŽ, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood’s first Three Kings’ Day fiesta.

Illustration Honor: Tafolla, Carmen. (2008). What can you do with a rebozo? (Illustrations by Amy CoŽrdova). Berkeley, CA : Tricycle Press. PRIM-FIC T1245wh

A spunky young girl explains the many uses of her mother’s red rebozo, a traditional Mexican woven shawl.

2008

Narrative Honor: Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. (2007). Frida : viva la vida = long live life. New York : Marshall Cavendish Children/Marshall Cavendish Corp. 811.54 B455f 

Biographical poems about the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

Narrative Honor: Deedy, Carmen Agra. (2007). Martina, the beautiful cockroach : a Cuban folktale. (Illustrated by Michael Austin). Atlanta, GA : Peachtree. 398.2 D315m 

In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry.

Narrative Honor: Montes, Marisa. (2006). Los gatos black on Halloween. (Illustrated by Yuyi Morales). New York : Henry Holt and Company. PRIM-FIC M779ga 

Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos whose monstrous ball is interrupted by a true horror.

Illustration Honor: Brown, Monica.(2007). My name is Gabito : the life of Gabriel GarciŽa MaŽrquez. (Illustratedby Raúl Colón). Flagstaff, Ariz. : Luna Rising. 863.64 B879m 

As a boy, Gabito had the ability to imagine many things. He lived in a small house with a large family. He would grow up to become a writer known as Gabriel GarciŽa MaŽrquez.

Illustration Honor: Gonzalez, Maya Christina.(2007). My colors, my world/Mis colores, mi mundo. San Francisco, Calif. : Children's Book Press. PRIM-FIC G643my 

Maya, who lives in the dusty desert, opens her eyes wide to find the colors in her world, from Papi's black hair and Mami's orange and purple flowers to Maya's red swing set and the fiery pink sunset.

2006

Narrative Honor: Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. (2004). César : sí, se puede! yes, we can! (Ilustrated by David Diaz). New York : Marshall Cavendish. 811.54 B455c 

Stylized illustrations by a Caldecott Medalist accompany lyrical prose and poems in this celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez. This thoughtful and beautiful biography illuminates not only the events that made up the great labor leader's life, but also the ideals and inspiration that are his legacy.

Narrative Honor: Mora, Pat. (2005). Doña Flor : a tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart. (Illustrated by Raul Colón). New York : Knopf. PRIM-FIC M827do 

Doña Flor, a giant lady with a big heart, sets off to protect her neighbors from what they think is a dangerous animal, but soon discovers the tiny secret behind the huge noise.

Narrative Honor: Ryan, Pam Muñoz. (2004). Becoming Naomi León. New York : Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC R9893be 

When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

Illustration Honor: Delacre, Lulu. (2004). Arrorró mi niño : Latino lullabies and gentle games. (Musical arrangements by Cecilia Esquivel and Diana Sáez). New York : Lee & Low Books. PRIM-FIC A778 

An illustrated collection of nursery rhymes, finger play games, and lullabies from the major Latino groups living in the United States today.

Illustration Honor: Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. (2004). César : sí, se puede! yes, we can! (Illustrated by David Diaz). New York : Marshall Cavendish. 811.54 B455c

Stylized illustrations by a Caldecott Medalist accompany lyrical prose and poems in this celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez. This thoughtful and beautiful biography illuminates not only the events that made up the great labor leader's life, but also the ideals and inspiration that are his legacy.

Illustration Honor: Brown, Monica. (2004). My name is Celia : the life of Celia Cruz = Me llamo Celia : la vida de Celia Cruz. (Illustrated by Rafael López). Flagstaff, Ariz. : Rising Moon. 782.42 B879m 

The life of the Cuban-born salsa queen, Celia Cruz, is told in colorful, storybook style with up-beat rhythms.

2004

Narrative Honor: Osa, Nancy. (2003). Cuba 15 : a novel. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC O79cu 

Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.

Narrative Honor: Pérez, Amada Irma. (2002). My diary from here to there/Mi diario de aquí hasta allá. (Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez). San Francisco : Children's Book Press. PRIM-FIC P438di 

A young girl describes her feelings when her father decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States.

Illustration Honor: Pérez, L. King. (2002). First day in grapes. (Illustrated by Robert Casilla). New York : Lee & Low Books. PRIM-FIC P4385fi 

When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school.

Illustration Honor: Andrews-Goebel, Nancy. (2002). The pot that Juan built. (Pictures by David Diaz). New York : Lee & Low Books. 738 A572p 

A cumulative rhyme summarizes the life’s work of renowned Mexican potter, Juan Quezada. Additional information briefly tells Quezada’s life story and describes the process he uses to create his pots after the style of the Casas Grandes people.

Illustration Honor: Krull, Kathleen . (2003). Harvesting hope : the story of Cesar Chavez. (Illustrated by Yuyi Morales). San Diego : Harcourt. 921 C5123k 

A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers’ miserable working conditions.

2002

Narrative Honor: Jiménez, Francisco. (2001). Breaking through. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 J562j 

Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education.

Narrative Honor: Alarcón, Francisco X. (2001). Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems. (Illustrated Maya Christina Gonzalez). San Francisco : Children's Book Press : [Distributed to the book trade by Publishers Group West]. 811.54 A321i 

The magical cycle of the seasons comes full circle with this tribute to winter through a collection of bilingual poems.

Illustration Honor: Montes, Marisa. (2000). Juan Bobo goes to work : a Puerto Rican folktale. (Illustrated by Joe Cepeda). New York : HarperCollins. 398.2 M7795j 

Although he tries to do exactly as his mother tells him, foolish Juan Bobo keeps getting things all wrong.

2000

Narrative Honor: Alarcón, Francisco X. (1998). From the bellybutton of the moon : and other summer poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano. (Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez). San Francisco, Calif. : Children’s Book Press. 811.54 A321f 

A bilingual collection of poems in which the renowned Mexican American poet revisits and celebrates his childhood memories of summers, Mexico, and nature.

Narrative Honor: Herrera, Juan Felipe. (1998). Laughing out loud, I fly : poems in English and Spanish. (Drawings by Karen Barbour). New York : HarperCollins Publishers. 811.54 H565L 

A collection of poems in Spanish and English about childhood, place, and identity.

Illustration Honor: Ancona, George.(1998). Barrio : José’s neighborhood. San Diego : Harcourt Brace. 979.4 A511b 

Presents life in a barrio in San Francisco, describing the school, recreation, holidays, and family life of an eight-year-old boy who lives there. Welcome to Jose’s neighborhood. In his barrio, people speak an easy mix of Spanish and English and sometimes even Chinese. The masked revelry of Halloween leads into the festive remembrances of the Day of the Dead. And murals on the walls and buildings sing out the stories of the people who live here. As familiar as any neighborhood yet as strange as a foreign country, Jose’s barrio isn’t in Mexico or Argentina--it’s in San Francisco. Award-winning author and photographer George Ancona follows Jose through a season in the barrio, and in the process gives readers a glimpse of a community as rich and varied as America itself.

Illustration Honor: Slate, Joseph. (2003, c1998). The secret stars . (Illustrated by Felipe Dávalos). New York : Marshall Cavendish. PRIM-FIC S6317se 

In New Mexico on a rainy, icy Night of the Three Kings, Sila and Pepe worry that the kings will not be able to use the stars to navigate, so their grandmother takes them on a magical journey to see the secret stars all around them.

Illustration Honor: Carling, Amerlia Lau. (1998). Mama and Papa have a store. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC C282MA 

A little girl describes what a day is like in her parents’ Chinese store in Guatemala City.

1998

Narrative Honor: Alarcón, Francisco X. (1999). Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera. (Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez). San Francisco, Calif. : Children’s Book Press. 811.54 A321L 

A bilingual collection of humorous and serious poems about family, nature, and celebrations by a renowned Mexican American poet.

Narrative Honor: Martinez, Floyd. (1997). Spirits of the High Mesa. Houston, Tex. : Arte Público Press. INTR-FIC M385sp 

In this moving coming-of-age novel set in rural New Mexico, the young protagonist, Flavio, is torn between the seductiveness of progress and new technology and his loyalty to village traditions so steadfastly preserved by his grandfather, El Grande.

Illustration Honor: Garza, Carmen Lomas. (1996). In my family. San Francisco, Calif. : Children's Book Press/Libros Para Niños. 306.85 L839i 

The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in an Hispanic community in Texas.

Illustration Honor: Jaffe, Nina. (2005). The golden flower : a Taino myth from Puerto Rico. (Illustrated by Enrique O. Sánchez). Houston, Tex. : Pin~ata Books. 398.2 J23g 

This myth explains the origin of the sea, the forest, and the island now called Puerto Rico.

Illustration Honor: Ada, Alma Flor. (1997). Gathering the sun : an alphabet in Spanish and English. (Illustrated by Simón Silva; English translation by Rosa Zubizarreta). New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 861 A191g 

A book of poems about working in the fields and nature’s bounty, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet.

1996

Narrative Honor: González, Lucía M. (1994). The bossy gallito = El gallo de bodas : a traditional Cuban folktale. (Illustrated by Lulu Delacre). New York : Scholastic. 398.21 G643b 

In this cumulative folktale from Cuba, the sun sets off a chain of events which results in the cleaning of a rooster’s beak in time for his uncle’s wedding.

Narrative Honor: Soto, Gary. (1990). Baseball in April and other stories. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. INTR-FIC S7184ba 

A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.  Broken chain -- Baseball in April -- Two dreamers -- Barbie -- The no-guitar blues -- Seventh grade -- Mother and daughter -- The karate kid -- La bamba -- The marble champ -- Growing up.

Illustration Honor: Ancona, George. (1993). Pablo remembers : the fiesta of the Day of the Dead. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 393 A542p 

During the three-day celebration of the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican boy and his family make elaborate preparations to honor the spirits of the dead.

Illustration Honor: González, Lucía M. (1994). The bossy gallito = El gallo de bodas : a traditional Cuban folktale. (Illustrated by Lulu Delacre). New York : Scholastic. 398.21 G643b 

In this cumulative folktale from Cuba, the sun sets off a chain of events which results in the cleaning of a rooster’s beak in time for his uncle’s wedding.

Illustration Honor: Garza, Carmen Lomas. (2005, c1990). Family pictures : paintings and stories = Cuadros de familia : cuadros y relatos. San Francisco, Calif. : Children’s Book Press. 305.868 G245f 

Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza’s girlhood: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, finding a hammerhead shark on the beach, picking cactus, going to a fair in Mexico, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist. These day-to-day experiences are told through fourteen vignettes of art and a descriptive narrative, each focusing on a different aspect of traditional Mexican American culture. The English-Spanish text and vivid illustrations reflect the author’s strong sense of family and community. For Mexican Americans, Carmen Lomas Garza offers a book that reflects their lives and traditions. For others, this work offers insights into a beautifully rich community. The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas.

 

 

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