We’ve now shared the 2015 winners of the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. This week we wrap up our highlights by featuring the Pura Belpré Award.
As the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) writes,
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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.
Much like the previous two awards, the Pura Belpré is one of our favorite means by which to identify stellar authors and illustrators. We highly recommend visiting the award website to see a list of previous medal winners. Without exception, they are remarkable books to add to your shelves!
In 2015, the award recognized the following titles. We share here the descriptions that the award provides.
2015 Author Award Winner
2015 Illustrator Award Winner
Viva Frida illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.
2015 Author Honor Book
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón and published by Dial Books for Young Readers.
2015 Illustrator Honor Books
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers.
Using his signature style of illustration, Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of the Mendez family’s struggle for equal education. His digitally enhanced illustrations and his use of period detail convey the historical setting, linking this landmark case against injustice to a long campaign for human rights.
Green Is a Chile Pepper illustrated by John Parra, written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and published by Chronicle Books LLC.
Parra’s vibrant folk art is the perfect complement to the text. The images depict diverse characters of all ages. Parra’s wonderful illustrations portray many Hispanic cultural traditions. They have a sense of energy and liveliness, which gives a feeling of being at a fiesta celebrating colors and culture.
Little Roja Riding Hood written by Susan Middleton Elya and illustrated by Susan Guevara published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.
Susan Guevara’s illustrations are a visual treat full of suspense and humor adding a spin to the classic fairy tale. Her use of details, such as the three blind mice and the little duendes, and the texture of warm colors give readers glimpses into a contemporary Hispanic family.