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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 Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina
For Illustration Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, by Cathy Camper


For Narrative  Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle
For Illustration The Drum Dream Girl, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Margarita Engle
For Narrative I lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
For Illustration Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
For narrative Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
For Illustration Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
For narrative Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  written by Benjamin Alire Saenz
For Illustration Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert  written by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by David Diaz
For narrative Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
For Illustration Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
For narrative The Dreamer written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis
For Illustration Grandma's Gift illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez
For narrative Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
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
For narrative The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
For Illustration Just In Case: A Trickster Tale by Yuyi Morales
For narrative The Poet of a Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle illustrated by Sean Qualls
For Illustration Los Gatos Black on Halloween written by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
For narrative The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
For Illustration Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart written by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colón
For narrative Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
For Illustration Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
For narrative Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
For Illustration Chato and the Party Animals written by Gary Soto, illustrated by Susan Guevara
For narrative Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba by Alma Flor Ada
For Illustration Magic Windows by Carmen Lomas Garza
For narrative Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida by Victor Martinez
For Illustration Snapshots from the Wedding written by Gary Soto by illustrated by Stephanie Garcia  
For narrative An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Judith Ortiz Cofer
For Illustration Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto illustrated by Susan Guevara