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About the Award

"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. from Association for Library Service to Children--Pura Belpre

Awards by Year and Category

For Narrative The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo FICTION ACE
For Illustration Dreamers by Yuyi Morales E MOR
For Narrative Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar FIC BEH
For Illustration La Princesa and the Pea, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, by Susan Middleton Elya E ELY
For Narrative Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina FIC MED
For Illustration Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, by Cathy Camper FIC CAM


For Narrative  Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle FIC ENG
For Illustration The Drum Dream Girl, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Margarita Engle E ENG
For Narrative I lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin FIC AGO
For Illustration Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales E MOR
For narrative

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina FIC MED

For Illustration

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales E MOR

For narrative Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  written by Benjamin Alire Saenz FIC SAE
For Illustration Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert  written by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by David Diaz BX4700.M397 S46 2012
For narrative Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall FIC MCC
For Illustration Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh ND259.R5 T57 2011
For narrative The Dreamer written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis FIC MUN
For Illustration Grandma's Gift illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez FIC VEL
For narrative Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez FIC ALV
For Illustration Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros written by Pat Mora illustrated by Rafael López E MOR
For narrative The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle PS3555.N4254 S87 2008  
For Illustration Just In Case: A Trickster Tale by Yuyi Morales E MOR
For narrative The Poet of a Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle illustrated by Sean Qualls  FIC ENG
For Illustration Los Gatos Black on Halloween written by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales  E MON
For narrative The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales FIC CAN
For Illustration Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart written by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colón  E FLO
For narrative Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez FIC ALV
For Illustration Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales  E MOR
For narrative Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan  FIC RYA
For Illustration Chato and the Party Animals written by Gary Soto, illustrated by Susan Guevara E SOT
For narrative Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba by Alma Flor Ada PS3551.D22 Z475 1998  
For Illustration Magic Windows by Carmen Lomas Garza E184.M5 L59 1999  
For narrative

Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida by Victor Martinez FIC MAR

For Illustration Snapshots from the Wedding written by Gary Soto by illustrated by Stephanie Garcia E SOT
For narrative An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Judith Ortiz Cofer FIC ORT
For Illustration Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto illustrated by Susan Guevara E SOT