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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

2010-2019

2010

WINNER:  Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

HONOR BOOKS:

  • Diego : Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

  • Federico García Lorca by Georgina Lazaro

WINNER:  Book Fiesta! : Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day = Celebremos el Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros illustrated by Rafael López

HONOR BOOKS:

  • Diego : Bigger Than Life illustrated by David Diaz

  • My Abuelita illustrated by Yuyi Morales

  • Gracias = Thanks illustrated by John Parra

2011

WINNER:  The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan

HONOR BOOKS:

  • ¡Ole!  Flamenco by George Ancona

  • The Firefly Letters : a Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle

  • 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

WINNER:  Grandma's Gift illustrated by Eric Velasquez

HONOR BOOKS:

  • Fiesta Babies illustrated by Amy Córdova

  • Me, Frida illustrated by David Diaz

  • Dear Primo : a Letter to My Cousin illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

2012

WINNER:  Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

HONOR BOOKS:

  • Hurricane Dancers : the First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle

  • Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel : a Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza

WINNER:  Diego Rivera : His World and Outs illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

HONOR BOOKS:

  • The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred illustrated by Rafael López

  • Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match = Marisol McDonald No Combina illustrated by Sara Palacios

2013

WINNER:  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

HONOR BOOK:  The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

WINNER:  Martin de Porres : the Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz

NO HONOR BOOKS AWARDED

2014

WINNER:  Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

HONOR BOOKS:

  • The Lightning Dreamer : Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle

  • The Living by Matt de la Peña

  • Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote : a Migrant's Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh

WINNER:  Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

HONOR BOOKS:

  • Maria Had a Little Llama = María Tenía una Llamita illustrated by Angela Dominguez

  • Tito Puente : Mambo King = Rey del Mambo illustrated by Rafael López

  • Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote : a Migrant's Tale illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

2015

WINNER:  I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín

HONOR BOOK:

  • Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera

WINNER:  Viva Frida illustrated by Yuyi Morales

HONOR BOOKS:

  • Little Roja Riding Hood illustrated by Susan Guevara

  • Green is a Chile Pepper illustrated by John Parra

  • Separate is Never Equal : Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

2016

WINNER:  Enchanted Air : Two Cultures, Two Wings : a Memoir by Margarita Engle

HONOR BOOKS:

  • The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles

  • Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina

WINNER:  The Drum Dream Girl illustrated by Rafael López

HONOR BOOKS:

  • My Tata's Remedies = os Remedios de Mi Tata illustrated by Antonio Castro L.

  • Mango, Abuela, and Me illustrated by Angela Dominguez

  • Funny Bones : Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

2017

WINNER:  Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

HONOR BOOKS:  The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

WINNER:  Lowriders to the Center of the Earth illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez

HONOR BOOKS:

  • Esquivel! : Space-Age Sound Artist illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

  • The Princess and the Warrior : a Tale of Two Volcanoes illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh


2018

WINNER:  Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

HONOR BOOKS:

  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

WINNER:  La Princesa and the Pea illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

HONOR BOOKS:

  • All Around Us illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia

  • Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos illustrated by John Parra

2019

WINNER:  The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

HONOR BOOK:  They Call Me Güero by David Bowles

WINNER:  Dreamers = Soñadores illustrated by Yuyi Morales

HONOR BOOKS:

  • When Angels Sing illustrated by José Ramírez

  • Islandborn illustrated by Leo Espinosa