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Pura Belpré Award

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The Pura Belpré Award is a recognition presented to a Latino or Latina author and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children or youth. It was established in 1996.[1] It was given every other year since 1996 until 2009 when it was changed to be given annually.[2]

Pura Belpré Award
Awarded forexcellent portrayal of Latino experience in children's literature
CountryUnited States
Presented byAssociation for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded1996

The award is named in honor of Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian from the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Latino children through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.[2]

The award is given 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).[2]


  • Two medals shall be awarded at the annual conference of the American Library Association, one to a Latino author and one to a Latino illustrator, for creating outstanding original children's (age 0-14) books that portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
  • For purposed of this award, Latino is defined as people whose heritage emanates from any of the Spanish-speaking cultures of the Western Hemisphere.
  • The award-winning books must be published in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • The committee is not to consider the entire body of work by an author or whether the author has previously won the award.
  • Recipients of the Pura Belpré Medal must be residents or citizens of the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Fiction and nonfiction books for children published in Spanish, English, or bilingual format are eligible.
  • Honor books may be named.
  • If suitable candidates are not found, the awards will not be presented in that year.
  • One person may be selected to receive the awards in both categories.[3]


Pura Belpré Medal winners and honors[4]
Year Work Recipient Title Citation
2019 author Elizabeth Acevedo The Poet X Winner
2019 author David Bowles They Call Me Güero Honor
2019 illustrator Yuyi Morales Dreamers / Soñadores Winner
2019 illustrator José Ramírez When Angels Sing Honor
2019 illustrator Leo Espinosa Islandborn Honor
2018 author Ruth Behar Lucky Broken Girl Winner
2018 author Pablo Cartaya The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Honor
2018 author Celia C. Perez The First Rule of Punk Honor
2018 illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal La Princesa and the Pea Winner
2018 illustrator Adriana M. Garcia All Around Us Honor
2018 illustrator John Parra Frida Kahlo And Her Animalitos Honor
2017 author Juana Medina Juana & Lucas Winner
2017 author Alexandra Diaz The Only Road Honor
2017 illustrator Raúl González Lowriders to the Center of the Earth Winner
2017 illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist Honor
2017 illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes Honor
2016 author Margarita Engle Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir Winner
2016 author David Bowles The Smoking Mirror Honor
2016 author Meg Medina Mango, Abuela, and Me Honor
2016 illustrator Rafael López The Drum Dream Girl Winner
2016 illustrator Antonio Castro L. My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata Honor
2016 illustrator Angela Dominguez Mango, Abuela, and Me Honor
2016 illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras Honor
2015 author Marjorie Agosín I Lived on Butterfly Hill Winner
2015 author Juan Felipe Herrera Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes Honor
2015 illustrator Yuyi Morales Viva Frida Winner
2015 illustrator Susan Guevara Little Roja Riding Hood Honor
2015 illustrator John Parra Green Is a Chile Pepper Honor
2015 illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation Honor
2014 author Meg Medina Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Winner
2014 author Margarita Engle The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist Honor
2014 author Matt de la Peña The Living Honor
2014 author Duncan Tonatiuh Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale Honor
2014 illustrator Yuyi Morales Niño Wrestles the World Winner
2014 illustrator Angela Dominguez Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita Honor
2014 illustrator Rafael López Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo Honor
2014 illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A MIgrant's Tale Honor
2013 author Benjamin Alire Sáenz Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Winner
2013 author Sonia Manzano The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano Honor
2013 illustrator David Diaz Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert Winner
2012 author Guadalupe Garcia McCall Under the Mesquite Winner
2012 author Margarita Engle Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck Honor
2012 author Xavier Garza Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller Honor
2012 illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Diego Rivera: His World and Ours Winner
2012 illustrator Rafael López The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred Honor
2012 illustrator Sara Palacios Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match / Marisol McDonald no combina Honor
2011 author Pam Muñoz Ryan The Dreamer Winner
2011 author George Ancona ¡Ole! Flamenco Honor
2011 author Margarita Engle The Firefly: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba Honor
2011 author Enrique Flores-Galbis 90 Miles to Havana Honor
2011 illustrator Eric Velasquez Grandma's Gift Winner
2011 illustrator Amy Córdova Fiesta Babies Honor
2011 illustrator David Diaz Me, Frida Honor
2011 illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin Honor
2010 author Julia Alvarez Return to Sender Winner
2010 author Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Diego: Bigger Than Life Honor
2010 author Georgina Lazaro Federico García Lorca Honor
2010 illustrator Rafael López Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros Winner
2010 illustrator David Diaz Diego: Bigger Than Life Honor
2010 illustrator Yuyi Morales My Abuelita Honor
2010 illustrator John Parra Gracias • Thanks Honor
2009 author Margarita Engle The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Winner
2009 author Yuyi Morales Just In Case Honor
2009 author Francisco Jiménez Reaching Out Honor
2009 author Lucía M. González The Storyteller's Candle Honor
2009 illustrator Yuyi Morales Just In Case Winner
2009 illustrator Rudy Gutierrez Papá and Me Honor
2009 illustrator Lulu Delacre The Storyteller's Candle Honor
2009 illustrator Amy Córdova What Can You Do With a Rebozo Honor
2008 author Margarita Engle The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Winner
2008 author Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! Honor
2008 author Carmen Agra Deedy Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale Honor
2008 author Marisa Montes Los Gatos Black on Halloween Honor
2008 illustrator Yuyi Morales Los Gatos Black on Halloween Winner
2008 illustrator Raúl Colón Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez Honor
2008 illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez Mis colores, mi mundo Honor
2006 author Viola Canales The Tequila Worm Winner
2006 author Carmen T. Bernier-Grand César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! Honor
2006 author Pat Mora Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart Honor
2006 author Pam Muñoz Ryan Becoming Naomi León Honor
2006 illustrator Raúl Colón Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart Winner
2006 illustrator Lulu Delacre Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games Honor
2006 illustrator David Diaz César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! Honor
2006 illustrator Rafael López Me Llamo Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz Honor
2004 author Julia Alvarez Before We Were Free Winner
2004 author Nancy Osa Cuba 15 Honor
2004 author Amada Irma Pérez Mi Diario de Aquí Hasta Allá Honor
2004 illustrator Yuyi Morales Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book Winner
2004 illustrator Robert Casilla First Day in Grapes Honor
2004 illustrator David Diaz The Pot That Juan Built Honor
2004 illustrator Yuyi Morales Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Honor
2002 author Pam Muñoz Ryan Esperanza Rising Winner
2002 author Francisco Jiménez Breaking Through Honor
2002 author Francisco X. Alarcón Iguanas in the Snow Honor
2002 illustrator Susan Guevara Chato and the Party Animals Winner
2002 illustrator Joe Cepeda Juan Bobo Goes to Work Honor
2000 author Alma Flor Ada Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba Winner
2000 author Francisco X. Alarcón Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otro Poemas de Verano Honor
2000 author Juan Felipe Herrera Laughing out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish Honor
2000 illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza Magic Windows Winner
2000 illustrator George Ancona Barrio: José's Neighborhood Honor
2000 illustrator Felipe Dávalos The Secret Stars Honor
2000 illustrator Amelia Lau Carling Mama & Papa Have a Store Honor
1998 author Victor Martinez Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida Winner
1998 author Francisco X. Alarcón Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera Honor
1998 author Floyd Martinez Spirits of the High Mesa Honor
1998 illustrator Stephanie Garcia Snapshots from the Wedding Winner
1998 illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza En mi familia Honor
1998 illustrator Enrique O. Sánchez The Golden Flower: a Taino Myth from Puerto Rico Honor
1998 illustrator Simón Silva Gathering the Sun: an Alphabet in Spanish and English Honor
1996 author Judith Ortiz Cofer An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio Winner
1996 author Lucía M. González El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale Honor
1996 author Gary Soto Baseball in April, and Other Stories Honor
1996 illustrator Susan Guevara Chato's Kitchen Winner
1996 illustrator George Ancona Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead Honor
1996 illustrator Lulu Delacre El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale Honor
1996 illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza Cuadros de Familia Honor

Recipients of Multiple Medals and HonorsEdit

George Ancona, Yuyi Morales, and Duncan Tonatiuh have received medals or honors for their roles as both author and illustrator. Duncan Tonatiuh is the only person to receive multiple awards in one year for two different works.

Belpré MedalsEdit

One person has won six Belpré Medals.

  • Yuyi Morales, as illustrator 2004, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2019.

One person has won three Belpré Medals.

Multiple people have won two Belpré Medals: Julia Alvarez as author, Susan Guevara as illustrator, Rafael López as illustrator, and Pam Muñoz Ryan as author.

Belpré HonorsEdit

One person has won seven Belpré Honors.

  • Duncan Tonatiuh, as illustrator 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and twice in 2017; as author 2014.

One author has won four Belpré Honors

  • David Diaz, as illustrator 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011.

Multiple people have won three Belpré Honors.

Multiple people have won two Belpré Honors. As illustrator: Amy Córdova, Angela Dominguez, and Carmen Lomas Garza. As author: Juan Felipe Herrera, David Bowles and Francisco Jiménez as author.

Medal and HonorEdit

Several authors have received both a Belpré Medal and a Belpré Honor: Raúl Colón, David Diaz, Margarita Engle, Carmen Lomas Garza, Susan Guevara, Rafael López, Meg Medina, Yuyi Morales, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and Duncan Tonatiuh.

Works with Multiple AwardsEdit

  • Diego: Bigger than Life was the subject of two honors for author and illustrator in 2010.
  • The Storyteller's Candle was the subject of two honors for author and illustrator in 2009.
  • Just In Case was the subject of a medal for illustrator and an honor for author in 2009.
  • Los Gatos Black on Halloween was the subject of a medal for illustrator and an honor for author in 2008
  • Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart was the subject of a medal for illustrator and an honor for author in 2006.
  • César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! was the subject of two honors for author and illustrator in 2006.
  • 'El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale was the subject of two honors for author and illustrator in 1996.


  1. ^ "Welcome to the Pura Belpré Award home page!". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  2. ^ a b c "About the Belpré Medal". ALSC, ALA. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  3. ^ "(Pura) Belpré Award Terms and Criteria". ALSC, ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  4. ^ "The Pura Belpré Award winners, 1996–present". ALSC, ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-04.