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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



WINNER:  Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez


  • Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

  • The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel

  • Planting Stories : the Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise

  • Soldier for Equality : JosΘ de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War by Duncan Tonatiuh

WINNER:  Dancing Hands : How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln illustrated by Rafael López


  • Across the Bay illustrated by Carlos Aponte

  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle illustrated by Zeke Peña

  • ¡Vamos!  Let's Go to the Market illustrated by Raúul Gonzalez


WINNER:  Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros


  • The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cueveas

  • Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera

WINNER:  ¡Vamos!  Let's Go Eat illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez

HONOR BOOK:  Sharuko : El Arquólogo Peruano = Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

WINNER:  Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez


  • Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez