Pura Belpré Awards: Celebrating Latino Authors and Illustrators

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Since 1996, the biennial Pura Belpré Awards have celebrated Latino culture, writers, and illustrators. Librarians seeking great books for children and young people, while serving the growing needs of a young Hispanic population, will find the best among these award-winners. The Pura Belpré Awards are named in honor of the New York Public Library's 1920s children's librarian, storyteller, puppeteer, and folklorist, Puerto-Rican born Pura Theresa Belpré. A brief history explains the significance of Pura Belpré, her work, and the partnership that launched this honor for Latino children's literature.

In this inaugural reference covering the first ten years of the Pura Belpré Awards, editor Rose Zertuche Trevino, in conjunction with ALSC and REFORMA, shares the celebration with all librarians who love great kids' books and cultural diversity.

Showcasing Hispanic cultural experiences in outstanding works of children's literature, this authoritative guide:

  • Supports collection development
  • Annotates award-winning works
  • Highlights Latino/a authors and illustrators with biographies of winners
  • Shares the best illustrations in a special color sectionProgram ideas, activities, and book talks enhance the presentation of these award-winning works.

Every librarian who values children's literature will embrace these new award-winners, set to join the pantheon next to Caldecott and Newbery Award winners!

Rose Zertuche Trevino

Rose Zertuche Trevino was active in ALA, ALSC, and Texas Library Association, serving on the Pura Belpr̩ Award Selection Committee, the committees for the Newbery and Texas Bluebonnet Awards, and the Children and Young Adult Services Committee for REFORMA.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

For more than eight decades, librarians from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) have intensely scrutinized the children's books published each year, selecting the winning and honor books for the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. In addition, the ALSC division of the ALA is committed to creating a nation of readers, starting with the youngest. ALSC supports all those providing library services to children, including youth librarians, teachers, families, literature experts, publishers, and child advocates.