[kids-lib] Pura Belpré Award

tanenz at comcast.net tanenz at comcast.net
Mon Jan 11 09:47:08 PST 2016

Thank you Martín for your quick update to us. Determining eligibility of
author and/or illustrator can be very tricky. I see "The Smoking Mirror,"
written by David Bowles wasn’t even on our radar. The ALA committee really
needs to have a wide net to consider contenders. Nonetheless we did a great
job, and maybe were the only group to do and post a Mock Pura Belpré.





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Of Marti´n Blasco
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016 9:35 AM
To: Latino Services; reforma_or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us;
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Subject: [kids-lib] Pura Belpré Award


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

martinb at wccls.org | facebook.org/bibliotecaswccls


“Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the
book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book."

“Por favor, no importa cuanto avanzamos tecnologicamente, no abandonen al
libro. En nuestro mundo material, no hay nada más hermoso que un libro”.

Patti Smith (Acceptance speech, National Book Award 2010 (Nonfiction)”


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