Pura Belpré Award Winners

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. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Award for Narration

2018 Lucky Broken Girl. By Ruth Behar. J Behar
2017 Juana & Lucas. By Juana Medina. J Medina
2016 Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir. By Margarita Engle. Y921 Engle
2015 I Lived on Butterfly Hill. By Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White. Y Agosín
2014 Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. By Meg Medina. Teen Room
2013 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. By Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Teen Room
2012 Under the Mesquite. By Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Y McCall
2011 The Dreamer. Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís. Y Ryan
2010 Return to Sender. By Julia Alvarez. Y Alvarez
2009 The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom. By Margarita Engle. Y Engle
2008 The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. By Margarita Engle. Y921 Manzano
2006 The Tequila Worm. By Viola Canales. Y Canales
2004 Before We Were Free. By Julia Alvarez. Y Alvarez
2002 Esperanza Rising. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. Y Ryan
2000 Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba. By Alma Flor Ada. Y921 Ada
1998 Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida. By Victor Martinez. F Martinez
1996 An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio. By Judith Ortiz Cofer. Y Ortiz

Award for Illustration

2018 La Princesa and the Pea. Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal and written by Susan Middleon Elya. JE Elya
2017 The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. J398.2 NO Tonatiuh
2016 The Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez and written by Margarita Engle. JE Engle
2015 Viva Frida. Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. JE Morales
2014 Niño Wrestles the World. Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. JE Morales
2013 Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert. Illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt. J270.6 SC
2012 Diego Rivera: His World and Ours. Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. JE921 Tonatiuh
2011 Grandma's Gift. Illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez. JE Velasquez
2010 Book Fiesta! : Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day = Celebremos El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros. Illustrated by Rafael López, written by Pat Mora. JE Mora
2009 Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book. Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. JE Morales
2008 Los Gatos Black on Halloween. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Marisa Montes. JE Montes
2006 Doña Flor : A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart. Illustrated by Raul Colón, written by Pat Mora. JE Mora
2004 Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. JE Morales
2002 Chato and the Party Animals. Illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Gary Soto. JE Soto
2000 Magic Windows: Cut-Paper Art and Stories. Written and illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza. J972 LO
1998 Snapshots from the Wedding. Illustrated by Stephanie Garcia, written by Gary Soto. JE Soto
1996 Chato's Kitchen. Illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Gary Soto. JE Soto


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