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Kids: Pura Belpre Award


The Pura Belpre Award is presented every other year 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. The Award is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and REFORMA, an ALA Affiliate.


Belpre Medal Winners and Honor Books, for both narrative and illustration, are listed below and arranged from the newest recipients to the oldest.


Winner for Narrative

Winner for Illustration


Winner for Narrative 

2014 Winner for Narrative

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your A**, by Meg Medina

2014 Honor Books for Narrative

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist, by Margarita Engle

The Living, by Matt de la Pena

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale, by Duncan Tonatiuh


2013 Winner for Narrative

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz

2013 Honor Books for Narrative

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, by Sonia Monzano

 

2012 Winner for Narrative

Under the Mesquite, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

2012 Honor Books for Narrative

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck, by Margarita Engle

Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller, by Xavier Garza


2011 Winner for Narrative

The Dreamer, written by Pam Munoz Ryan

2011 Honor Books for Narrative

Ole! Flamenco, written and illustrated by George Ancona (not owned by SPL)

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba, by Margarita Engle (not owned by SPL)


2010 Winner for Narrative

 Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

2010 Honor Books for Narrative

Diego: Bigger than Life, by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

Federico Garcia Lorca, by Georgina Lazaro (not owned by SPL)


2009 Winner for Narrative

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle (not owned by SPL)

2009 Honor Books for Narrative

Just in Case by Yuyi Morales (not owned by SPL)

Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez (not owned by SPL)

The Storyteller's Candle / La velita de los cuentos by Lucia Gonzalez (not owned by SPL)


2008 Winner for Narrative
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle
2008 Honor Books for Narrative

 Frida: Viva la vida! Long Live Life! by Carment T Bernier-Grand
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale retold by Carmen Agra Deedy
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes


2006 Winner for Narrative
The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales (not owned by SPL)
2006 Honor Books for Narrative
Cesar: Si, Se Peude! Yes We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart by Pat Mora
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Nunoz Ryan


2004 Winner for Narrative
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
2004 Honor Books for Narrative
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
My Diary From Here to There/Mi Diario de Aquí Hasta Allá by Amada Irma Pérez

2002 Winner for Narrative
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
2002 Honor Books for Narrative
Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez
Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems by Francisco X. Alarcon

2000 Winner for Narrative
Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba by Alma Flor Ada (not owned by SPL)
2000 Honor Books for Narrative
From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems by Francisco X. Alarcon
Laughing Out Loud, I Fly by Juan Felipe Herrera

1998 Winner for Narrative
Parrot in the Oven/Mi Vida by Victor Martinez
1998 Honor Books for Narrative
Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems by Francisco X. Alarcon
Spirit of the High Mesa by Floyd Martinez (not owned by SPL)

1996 Winner for Narrative
An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Judith Ortiz Cofer

1996 Honor Books for Narrative
Bossy Gallito/El Gallo de Bodas by Lucia Gonzalez
Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto

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Winner for Illustration 

2014 Winner for Illustration

Nino Wrestles the World, by Yuyi Morales

2014 Honor Books for Illustration

Maria Had a Little Llama/Maria Tenia una Llamita, by Angela Dominguez

Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo, illustrated by Rafael Lopez, written by Monica Brown

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale, by Duncan Tonatiuh


2013 Winner for lllustration

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

2012 Winner for lllustration

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

2012 Honor Books for Illustration

The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred, illustrated Rafael Lopez and written by Samantha R. Vamos

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina, illustrated by Sara Palacios and written by Monica Brown


2011 Winner for Illustration

Grandma's Gift, illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez

2011 Honor Books for Illustration

Fiesta Babies, illustrated by Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla

Me, Frida, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh



 2010 Winner for Illustration

Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebramos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros, illustrated by Rafael Lopez, written by Pat Mora

2010 Honor Books for Illustration

Diego: Bigger than Life, illustrated by David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

 My Abuelita, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston

Gracias. Thanks. illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora.


2009 Winner for Illustration

Just in Case by Yuyi Morales (not owned by SPL)

2009 Honor Books for Illustration

Papa and Me illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Arthur Dorros (not owned by SPL

The Storyteller's Candle / La velita de los cuentos illustrated by Lulu Delacre, written by Lucia Gonzalez (not owned by SPL)

What Can You Do With a Rebozo?illustrated by Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla


2008 Winner for Illustration

Los Gatos Black on Halloween illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Marisa Montes

2008 Honor Books for Illustration
My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez illustrated by Raul Colon, written by Monica Brown

My Colors, My World by Maya Christian Gonzalez


2006 Winner for Illustration
Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart illustrated by Raul Colon, written by Pat Mora

2006 Honor Books for Illustration
Arrorro, Mi Nino: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre (not owned by SPL)
Cesar: Si, Se Peude! Yes We Can! 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 illustrated by Rafael Lopez, written by Monica Brown (not owned by SPL) 


2004 Winner for Illustration
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
2004 Honor Books for Illustration
First Day in Grapes illustrated by Robert Casilla, written by L. King Pérez (not owned by SPL)
The Pot That Juan Built illustrated by David Diaz, written by Nancy Andrews-Goebel
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Kathleen Krull

2002 Winner for Illustration
Chato and the Party Animals illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Gary Soto
2002 Honor Books for Illustration
Juan Bobo Goes to Work illustrated by Joe Cepeda, retold by Marisa Montes

2000 Winner for Illustration
Magic Windows by Carmen Lomas Garza (not owned by SPL)
2000 Honor Books for Illustration
Barrio: Jose's Neighborhood  by George Ancona
The Secret Stars illustrated by Felipe Davalos
Mama & Papa Have a Store by Amelia Lau Carling

1998 Winner for Illustration
Snapshots from the Wedding illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Gary Soto
1998 Honor Books for Illustration
In My Family/En Mi Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza
The Golden Flower illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez, written by Nina Jaffe (not owned by SPL)
Gathering the Sun illustrated by Simon Silva, written by Alma Flor Ada

1996 Winner for Illustration
Chato's Kitchen illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Gary Soto

1996 Honor Books for Illustration
Pablo Remembers by George Ancona
The Bossy Gallito/El Gallo de Bodas illustrated by Lulu Delacre, written byLuci Gonzalez
Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza

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