The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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 REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.
2015 Author Award Winner
I Lived on Butterfly Hill, by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White When warships appear, in “I Lived on Butterfly Hill,” Celeste’s idyllic life is shattered. As people disappear, Celeste’s parents go into hiding, and she is sent into exile. When she returns home, she works to reunite people she loves and to move her country forward. Lyrically written by acclaimed poet, Marjorie Agosín, this Chilean story offers a refreshing perspective on resiliency. (see reviews on Amazon)
2015 Illustrator Award Winner
Viva Frida, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales . “Viva Frida” uses rich, vibrant color photographs and minimal evocative text to beautifully portray the unique imagination and creativity of an iconic Latina artist. Morales blends a wide variety of mediums – stop-motion puppets, acrylic paints and digital manipulation – to create a whimsical picture book that will inspire your artistic sensibilities. (see reviews on Amazon)
2015 Author Honor Books
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Coló. Juan Felipe Herrera celebrates the lives of 20 Hispanic people who up to now have been in the shadows to many despite their significant contributions to American society. These poignant biographical sketches succinctly present the essence of each hero’s life and legacy to the future generations of their culture. (see reviews on Amazon)
2015 Illustrator Honor Books
Little Roja Riding Hood
illustrated Susan Guevara, written by Susan Middleton Elya. Susan Guevara’s illustrations are a visual treat full of suspense and humor adding a spin to the classic fairy tale. Her use of details, such as the three blind mice and the little duendes, and the texture of warm colors give readers glimpses into a contemporary Hispanic family. (see reviews on Amazon)
Green Is a Chile Pepper, illustrated by John Parra, written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. Parra’s vibrant folk art is the perfect complement to the text. The images depict diverse characters of all ages. Parra’s wonderful illustrations portray many Hispanic cultural traditions. They have a sense of energy and liveliness, which gives a feeling of being at a fiesta celebrating colors and culture. (see reviews on Amazon)
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiu. Using his signature style of illustration, Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of the Mendez family’s struggle for equal education. His digitally enhanced illustrations and his use of period detail convey the historical setting, linking this landmark case against injustice to a long campaign for human rights. (see reviews on Amazon)
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales.
Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita (honor book) by Angela Dominguez
Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo, (honor book) illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown.
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale (honor book) by Duncan Tonatiuh
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (honor book) by Sonia Manzano
Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt.
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck (honor book) by Margarita Engle Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller (honor book) by Xavier Garza.
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh T
he Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred, (honor book) illustrated by Rafael López, written by Samantha R. Vamos.
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina, (honor book) illustrated by Sara Palacios, written by Monica Brown.
The Dreamer, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís
¡Ole! Flamenco, (honor book) written by George Ancona, illustrated by George Ancona.
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba, (honor book) written by Margarita Engle.
90 Miles to Havana (honor book) by Enrique Flores-Galbis.
Grandma’s Gift, illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez.
Fiesta Babies, (honor book) illustrated Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla.
Me, Frida, (honor book) illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky.
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, (honor book) illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez.
Diego: Bigger Than Life, (honor book) by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Illustrated by David Diaz Federico García Lorca, (honor book) Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro
Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Rafael López. Written by Pat Mora.
Diego: Bigger Than Life. (honor book) Illustrated by David Diaz. Written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand.
My Abuelita. (honor book) Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Written by Tony Johnston.
Gracias. Thanks. (honor book) Illustrated by John Parra. Written by Pat Mora.
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom written by Margarita Engle.
Just In Case (honor book) Written by Yuyi Morales.
Reaching Out (honor book) Written by Francisco Jiménez.
The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos, (honor book) Written by Lucía González. Illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Just In Case (honor book) Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Papá and Me, (honor book) illustration by Rudy Gutierrez. Written by Arthur Dorros
The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos, (honor books) illustrated by Lulu Delacre; written by Lucía González
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? (honor book) Illustrated by Amy Córdova. Written by Carmen Tafolla.
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. Written by Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! (honor book) Written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand.
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale. (honor book) Written by Carmen Agra Deedy. Illustrated by Michael Austin
Los Gatos Black on Halloween, (honor book) written by Marisa Montes; illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
Los Gatos Black on Halloween, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Written by Marisa Montes.
My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez. (honor book) Illustrated by Raúl Colón. Written by Monica Brown.
My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo. (honor book) Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez.
The Tequila Worm. Written by Viola Canales
César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! (honor book) Written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Illustrated by David Diaz.
Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart. (honor book) Written by Pat Mora. Illustrated by Raul Colón.
Becoming Naomi León. (honor book) Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart Illustrated by Raul Colón. Written by Pat Mora.
Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games. (honor book) Selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre. Arrorró
César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!(honor book) Illustrated by David Diaz. Written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand.
My Name Is Celia/ Me Llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/ La Vida de Celia Cruz. (honor book) Illustrated by Rafael López. Written by Monica Brown.
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book Illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
First Day in Grapes. (honor book) Illustrated by Robert Casilla Written by L. King Pérez.
The Pot That Juan Built. (honor book) David Diaz, Illustrator. Written by Nancy Andrews-Goebel.
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. (honor book) Yuyi Morales, Illustrator. Written by Kathleen Krull.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.
Breaking Through. (honor book) By Francisco Jiménez.
Iguanas in the Snow. (honor book) By Francisco X. Alarcón. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez.
Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba. By Alma Flor Ada.
From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/ Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otro Poemas de Verano. (honor book) By Francisco X. Alarcón. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez.
Laughing out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish. (honor book) By Juan Felipe Herrera. Illustrated by Karen Barbour.
Magic Windows. Illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza.
José’s Neighborhood. (honor book) Illustrated by George Ancona.
The Secret Stars. Text by Joseph Slate. (honor book) Illustrated by Felipe Dávalos.
Mama & Papa Have a Store. (honor book) Illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling.
Parrot in the Oven: mi vida. By Martinez, Victor.
Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera (honor book) by Alarcón, Francisco. illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
Spirits of the High Mesa (honor book) by Martinez, Floyd.
Snapshots from the Wedding, illustrated by Stephanie Garcia. Text: Gary Soto
In My Family / En mi familia illustrated by Lomas Garza, Carmen.
The Golden Flower: a Taino Myth from Puerto Rico illustrated by Sánchez, Enrique O. , text by Nina Jaffe
Gathering the Sun: an Alphabet in Spanish and English illustrated by Silva, Simón, text by Alma Flor Ada; English translation by Rosa Zubizarreta
An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Cofer, Judith Ortiz.
The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale (honor book) by González, Lucía. illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Baseball in April, and Other Stories (honor book) by Soto, Gary.
Chato’s Kitchen illustrated by Guevara, Susan, written by Gary Soto.
Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead (honor book) by Ancona, George. Also published in a Spanish language edition: Pablo Recuerda: La Fiesta de Día de los Muertos The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale (honor book) illustrated by Delacre, Lulu. retold by Lucía González
Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia. (honor book) Illustrated by Lomas Garza, Carmen. Spanish language text by Rosalma Zubizaretta