Pura Belpré Award

Pura Belpre MedalThe 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.

2013 Author Award Winner  

Book cover: Aristotle and DanteAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” brings readers the tale of 15-year-old loner Aristotle Mendoza and his friendship with Dante Quintana. Sáenz exquisitely captures the story of two boys on the edge of manhood. By addressing issues of identity, friendship, family and love, Sáenz pushes beyond geography, sexuality and cultural identity to create a truly universal novel. 

“Sáenz demonstrates superb use of language and character development, while gently exploring important aspects of identity without straying into gender or cultural stereotypes,”said Pura Belpré Award Committee Chair Charmette S. Kuhn-Kendrick. 

2013 Illustrator Award Winner

Book cover: Martin de PorresMartín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
illustrated by David Diaz
written by Gary D. Schmidt,

(Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)

Capturing both historical fact and legend, “Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert” is the illustrated biography of the first African-heritage saint of the Américas. Diaz’s luminous mixed-media illustrations complement and expand the story.  Diaz expertly uses color, perspective and contrast to portray Martín’s gentle spirit and miraculous abilities.

“The committee was impressed with Diaz’s ability to capture and expand Schmidt’s text, while including references to traditional South American artisan crafts, word carvings and textiles,” said Kuhn-Kendrick. 
 

2013 Author Honor Books

Book cover: The Revolution of Evelyn SerranoThe Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
by Sonia Manzano

(Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.)

In her debut novel, Manzano beautifully recreates a world of turmoil in 1969 Spanish Harlem. Fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is caught in a whirlwind of events led by the revolutionary Young Lords. Navigating the tensions between her activist abuela and conservative mother, Evelyn learns to value her own culture and history.  

Better known as “Maria” on Sesame Street, Sonia Manzano has won multiple awards for television writing. Raised in the South Bronx, Sonia’s life-long commitment to children continues with this distinguished novel for adolescents. 

2013 Illustrator Honor Books

No honor books named.

2012
Medal Winner (illustration):
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
Medal Winner (author):
Under the Mesquite
Honor Book (illustrator):
The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred
Honor Book (illustrator):
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match /Marisol McDonald no combina
Honor Book (author):
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
Honor Book (author):
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller
2011
Medal Winner (illustration):
Grandma's Gift
Medal Winner (author):
The Dreamer
Honor Book (narrative):
¡Ole! Flamenco
Honor Book (narrative):
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba
Honor Book (narrative):
90 Miles to Havana
Honor Book (illustration):
Fiesta Babies
Honor Book (illustration):
Me, Frida
Honor Book (illustration):
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin
2010
Medal Winner (narrative):
Return to Sender
Medal Winner (illustration):
Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros
Honor Book (narrative):
Diego: Bigger Than Life
Honor Book (narrative):
Federico García Lorca
Honor Book (illustration):
My Abuelita
Honor Book (illustration):
Gracias. Thanks.
2009
Medal Winner (narrative):
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom
Medal Winner (illustration):
Just In Case
Honor Book (narrative):
Just In Case
Honor Book (narrative):
Reaching Out
Honor Book (narrative):
The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos
Honor Book (illustration):
Papá and Me
Honor Book (illustration):
The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos, written by Lucía González
Honor Book (illustration):
What Can You Do With a Rebozo?
2008
Medal Winner (narrative):
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
Honor Book (narrative):
Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life!
Honor Book (narrative):
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale
Honor Book (narrative):
Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Honor Book (illustration):
My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez
Honor Book (illustration):
My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo
2006
Medal Winner:
The Hello, Goodbye Window
Honor Book:
Rosa
Honor Book:
Zen Shorts
Honor Book:
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Honor Book:
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems