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Pura Belpré Awards 2017


Pura Belpré Awards 2017

The 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.

- The winner of the Pura Belpré Award (Illustrator) is LOWRIDERS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez. The book was written by Cathy Camper and published by Chronicle Books LLC.

- Two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named: ESQUIVEL!: Space-Age Sound Artist, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood and published by Charlesbridge; and THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

- The winner of the Pura Belpré (Author) Award is JUANA & LUCAS, written by Juana Medina. The book is illustrated by Juana Medina and published by Candlewick Press.

- One Belpré Author Honor Book was named: THE ONLY ROAD, written by Alexandra Diaz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/A Paula Wiseman Book.

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth written by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raúl the Third - Picture Book

July 5, 2016

Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last. They're the proud owners of their very own garage. But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him. Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner!

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood and Duncan Tonatiuh - Picture Book

September 6, 2016

Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan's space-age lounge music --- popular in the fifties and sixties --- has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh's fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel's spirit to life.

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh - Picture Book

September 20, 2016

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.