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ENGL 355 - Literature for Children

American Library Association Award

Pura Belpré Award

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Pura Belpré was the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. Established in 1996, this award is granted annually to a Latino/a writer and illustrator whose work of children's literature best celebrates Latino culture. The award is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. 

2014 Winners and Honor Books

Author award winner - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Written by Meg Medina

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Author award honor book - The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

Written by Margarita Engle

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Author award honor book - The Living 

Written by Matt de La Peña

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Author award honor book - Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale

Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Illustrated rabbit and coyote facing each other in front of railroad tracks

Illustrator award winner - Niño Wrestles the World

Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

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Illustrator award honor book - Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita Pequeña

Written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez

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Illustrator award honor book - Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale

Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Illustrated rabbit and coyote facing each other in front of railroad tracks

Illustrator award honor book - Tito Puente: Mambo King / Tito Puente: Rey del Mambo

Written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael López

Smiling and enthusiastic Tito Puente playing the drums

For a complete list of previous winners and honor books (1996-2013), please visit the award page. Check the library catalog to see if we have a specific title.