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Pura Belpré Award 2014


Pura Belpré Award 2014

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented 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 the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.

- The winner of the Pura Belpré Award (Illustrator) is NINO WRESTLES THE WORLD written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
- Three   Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: MARIA HAD A LITTLE LLAMA/MARIA TENIA UNA LLAMITA, written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez; TITO PUENTE: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo, illustrated by Rafael Lopez and written by Monica Brown; and PANCHO RABBIT AND THE COYOTE: A Migrant's Tale illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.
- The winner of the Pura Belpré Award (author) is YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS by Meg Medina.
- Three Belpré Author Honor Books were also named: THE LIGHTENING DREAMER: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle; THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena and PANCHO RABBIT AND THE COYOTE: A Migrant's Tale written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales - Picturebook
No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño --- popsicle eater, toy lover, somersault expert and world champion lucha libre competitor!
Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita by Angela Dominguez - Picturebook


Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme.

Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo written by Monica Brown, illustrated by Rafael López - Picturebook


In this vibrant bilingual picture book biography of musician Tito Puente, readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king's life. From Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards --- and all the beats in between --- this is the true story of a boy whose passion for music turned him into the "King of Mambo."

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh - Picturebook


In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him. He meets a coyote, who offers to help Pancho in exchange for some of Papa’s food. They travel together until the food is gone and the coyote decides he is still hungry for Pancho!

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina - Fiction


One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. At first Piddy is more concerned with finding out more about her father and balancing honors courses with her weekend job. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over her life.

The Living by Matt de la Pena - Thriller/Adventure


Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy is only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle - Historical Fiction


Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist.