[kids-lib] Pura Belpré Award

Martín Blasco MartinB at wccls.org
Mon Jan 11 09:34:39 PST 2016

Buenos días a tod at s:

The following is the ALA press release about the Latino illustrator and author winner of the Pura Belpré Award:

Pura Belpre Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award
"The Drum Dream Girl," illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is the Belpre Illustrator Award winner.  The book was written by Margarita Engle and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Three Belpre Illustrator Honor Books were selected: "My Tata's Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata," illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford and published by Cinco Puntos Press; "Mango, Abuela, and Me," illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina and published by Candlewick Press: and "Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras," illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Pura Belpre (Author) Award:
"Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir," written by Margarita Engle, is the Belpre Author Award winner. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division.

Two Belpre Author Honor Books were named: "The Smoking Mirror," written by David Bowles and published by IFWG Publishing, Inc.; and "Mango, Abuela, and Me," written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez and published by Candlewick Press.

I want to mention that we were very close in the selection of authors and illustrators during the Mock Pura Belpré Award.
However, one of the Illustrator Honor Books selected in the ALA Midwinter Conference, My Tata’s Remedies / Los remedios de mi tata by Antonio Castro L.  which was included in the list of suggested books to be voted for the Mock Pura Belpré Award, was eliminated from the list before the election.  At the beginning of the selection I mentioned that beautiful book to all of you as not eligible to compete because the illustrator was born in Mexico and because I couldn’t find anywhere a reference of where he lives (everything indicated that his residence was still in Mexico, thus I assumed that his residence was still in that country). My fault, I should have called to Cinco Puntos Press to get more info. A lesson for me and a disappointment, especially because it’s a beautiful informative story, very well written and illustrated,  and representative of our Latino culture. This definitely was a learning experience.

Have a great week,


Martín Blasco
Outreach Librarian for Latino and Youth Services Program
Washington County Cooperative Library Services | 503-681-5093
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