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Pura Belpré Award Winners


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Winning Pura Belpré books are chosen every year, beginning with the 2009 award. The award, first presented in 1996,
is given to Hispanic authors and illustrators "whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience. (ALSC: Belpré Medal)


two categories are awarded - Narrative and Illustration
* indicates winning title

2014
Narrative
* Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist - Margarita Engle
The Living - Matt de la Peña
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale - Duncan Tonatiuh
Illustration
* Niño Wrestles the World - Yuyi Morales
Maria Had a Little Llama / María tenía una llamita - Angela Dominguez
Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo - Rafael Lopez, illus. Monica Brown, text
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale - Duncan Tonatiuh

2013
Narrative
* Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano - Sonia Manzano
Illustration
* Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert - David Diaz, illus. Gary D. Schmidt, text

2012
Narrative
* Under the Mesquite - Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck - Margarita Engle
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller - Xavier Garza
Illustration
* Diego Rivera: His World and Ours - Duncan Tonatiuh
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred - Rafael López, illus. Samantha R. Vamos, text
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina - Sara Palacios, illus. Monica Brown, text

2011
Narrative
* The Dreamer - Pam Muñoz Ryan
¡Olé! Flamenco - George Ancona
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba - Margarita Engle
90 Miles to Havana - Enrique Flores-Galbis
Illustration
* Grandma's Gift - Eric Velasquez
Fiesta Babies - Amy Córdova, illus. Carmen Tafolla, text
Me, Frida - David Diaz, illus. Amy Novesky, text
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin - Duncan Tonatiuh

2010
Narrative
* Return to Sender - Julia Alvarez
Diego: Bigger Than Life - Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Federico Garcia Lorca - Georgina Lazaro
Illustration
* Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day / Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros - Rafael Lopez, illus. Pat Mora, text
Diego: Bigger Than Life - David Diaz, illus. Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, text
My Abuelita - Yuyi Morales, illus. Tony Johnston, text
Gracias Thanks - John Parra, illus. Pat Mora, text

2009
Narrative
* The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom - Margarita Engle
Just In Case - Yuyi Morales
Reaching Out - Francisco Jiménez
The Storyteller's Candle / La velita de los cuentos - Lucía González
Illustration
* Just In Case - Yuyi Morales
Papá and Me - Rudy Gutierrez, illus. Arthur Dorros, text
The Storyteller's Candle / La velita de los cuentos - Lulu Delacre, illus. Lucía González, text
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? - Amy Córdova, illus. Carmen Tafolla, text

2008
Narrative
* The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano - Margarita Engle
Frida: ¡Viva La Vida! Long Live Life! - Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale - Carmen Agra Deedy
Los Gatos Black on Halloween - Marisa Montes
Illustration
* Los Gatos Black on Halloween - Yuyi Morales, illus. Marisa Montes, text
My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez / Me Llamo Gabito: La Vida de Gabriel García Márquez - Raúl Colón, illus. Monica Brown, text
My Colors, My World / Mis Colores, Mi Mundo - Maya Christina Gonzalez

2006
Narrative
* The Tequila Worm - Viola Canales
César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! - Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart - Pat Mora
Becoming Naomi León - Pam Muñoz Ryan
Illustration
* Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Big Heart - Raul Colón, illus. Pat Mora, text
Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games - Lulu Delacre
César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! - David Diaz, illus. Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, text
My Name Is Celia / Me Llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz / La Vida de Celia Cruz - Rafael López, illus. Monica Brown, text

2004
Narrative
* Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez
Cuba 15 - Nancy Osa
My Diary From Here to There / Mi Diario de Aquí Hasta Allá - Amada Irma Pérez
Illustration
* Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book - Yuyi Morales
First Day in Grapes - Robert Casilla, illus. L. King Pérez, text
The Pot That Juan Built - David Diaz, illus. Nancy Andrews-Goebel, text
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez - Yuyi Morales, illus. Kathleen Krull, text

2002
Narrative
* Esperanza Rising - Pam Muñoz Ryan
Breaking Through - Francisco Jiménez
Iguanas In the Snow and Other Winter Poems - Francisco X. Alarcón
Illustration
* Chato and the Party Animals - Susan Guevara, illus. Gary Soto, text
Juan Bobo Goes to Work - Joe Cepeda, illus. Marisa Montes, text

2000
Narrative
* Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba - Alma Flor Ada
From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems / Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otro Poemas de Verano - Francisco X. Alarcón
Laughing Out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish - Juan Felipe Herrera
Illustration
* Magic Windows - Carmen Lomas Garza
Barrio: José's Neighborhood - George Ancona
The Secret Stars - Felipe Dávalos, illus. Joseph Slate, text
Mama & Papa Have a Store - Amelia Lau Carling

1998
Narrative
* Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida - Victor Martinez
Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risueños y Otros Poemas de Primavera - Francisco Alarcón
Spirits of the High Mesa - Floyd Martinez
Illustration
* Snapshots From the Wedding - Stephanie Garcia, illus. Gary Soto, text
In My Family / En Mi Familia - Carmen Lomas Garza
The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico - Enrique O. Sánchez, illus. Nina Jaffe, text
Gathering the Sun: An ABC in Spanish and English - Simón Silva, illus. Alma Flor Ada, text

1996
Narrative
* An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio - Judith Ortiz Cofer
The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale - Lucía González
Baseball in April, and Other Stories - Gary Soto
Illustration
* Chato's Kitchen - Susan Guevara, illus. Gary Soto, text
Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead - George Ancona
The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale - Lulu Delacre, illus. Lucía González, text
Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia - Carmen Lomas Garza





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