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Pura Belpré Awards

Honors a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Pura Belpré Awards

2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009


Under the Royal Palms : a Childhood in Cuba by Alma Flor Ada

  • Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otro Poemas de Verano by Francisco X. Alarcón

  • Laughing Out Loud, I Fly : Poems in English and Spanish by Juan Felipe Herrera

Magic Windows illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza

  • Barrio : José's Neighborhood illustrated by George Ancona

  • The Secret Stars illustrated by Felipe Dávalos

  • Mama & Papa Have a Store illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling


Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

  • Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez

  • Iguanas in the Snow by Francisco X. Alarcón

Chato and the Party Animals illustrated by Susan Guevara

  • Juan Bobo Goes to Work illustrated by Joe Cepeda


Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez


  • Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa

  • Mi Diario de Aquí Hast Allá by Amada Irma Pérez

WINNER:  Just a Minute : a Trickster Tale and Counting Book illustrated by Yuyi Morales


  • First Day in Grapes illustrated by Robert Casilla

  • The Pot That Juan Built illustrated by David Diaz

  • Harvesting Hope : the Story of Cesar Chavez illustrated by Yuyi Morales


WINNER:  The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales


  • César : ¡Sí, Se Puede!  Yes, We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

  • Doña Flor : a Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart by Pat Mora

  • Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan

WINNER:  Doña Flor : a Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart illustrated by Raúl Colón


  • Arrorró, Mi Niño : Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games illustrated by Raúl Colón

  • César : ¡Sí, Se Puede!  Yes, We Can! illustrated by David Diaz

  • Me Llamo Celia : la Vida de Celia Cruz illustrated by Rafael López


WINNER:  The Poet Slave of Cuba : a Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle


  • Frida : ¡Viva la Vida!  Long Live Life! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach : a Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy

  • Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Maria Montes

WINNER:  Los Gatos Black on Halloween illustrated by Yuyi Morales


  • Me Llamo Gabito : la Vide de Gabriel García Márquez illustrated by Raúl Colón

  • Mis Colores, Mi Mundo illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez


WINNER:  The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle


  • Just In Case by Yuyi Morales

  • Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez

  • The Storyteller's Candle by Lucía M. González

WINNER:  Just In Case illustrated by Yuyi Morales


  • Papá and Me illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez

  • The Storyteller's Candle llustrated by Lulu Delacre

  • What Can You Do With a Rebozo illustrated by Amy Córdova