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Curriculum Collection Book Lists: Pura Belpre Awards

About the Pura Belpre Awards

The Pura Belpré Awards, named for the first Latina librarian at the New York Public library, are given each year in co-sponsorship by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. They are presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children and youth. 

This list is a guide to the Pura Belpré books that can be found in our Curriculum collection. The titles link to our online catalog, which will provide more information, including the current availability of the book, and indicate other UW system sources for the book if ours in checked out.

Most call numbers are for copies that can be checked out. (PICT) call numbers are in the Picture Book section. (REF) call numbers are in the CCM Reference area, and do not circulate.

Please note that the author and illustrator are listed individually when the book is the work of two people. If no illustrator is listed, the author is also the illustrator.

Award Winners and Honor Books

2016

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Engle, Margarita.  Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir.  921 E578e 2015

HONOR  Bowles, David.  The Smoking Mirror.  B7874s 2015

   Medina, Meg.  (Illustrated by Angela Dominquez).  Mango, Abuela, and Me.  (Pict) M489m 2015

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Engle, Margarita.  (Illustrated by Rafael López).  Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music.  (Pict) E578d 2015

HONOR  Medina, Meg.  (Illustrated by Angela dominquez).  Mango, Abuela, and Me.  (Pict) M489m 2015

   ​Rivera-Ashford, Roni Capin Rivera.  (Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.).  My Tata's Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata.  460 R622m 2015

   Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras.  921 P855t 2015


2015

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Agosin, Marjorie.  (Illustrated by Lee White).  I Lived on Butterfly Hill.  A275i 2014 / (Ref) Américas 2015 A275i 2014 / (SPL) PZ7.A2686 Iah 2014

HONOR  Herrera, Juan Felipe.  (Illustrated by Raúl Colón).  Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes.  920 H565p 2014 / (Ref) Américas 2015 920 H565p 2014

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Morales, Yuyi.  Viva Frida.  460 M828v 2014

HONOR  Elya, Susan Middleton.  (Illustrated by Susan Guevara).  Little Roja Riding Hood.  (Pict) E5238l 2014 

   Thong, Roseanne Greenfield.  (Illustrated by John Parra).  Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors.  (Pict) T486g 2014 / (Ref) Américas 2014 T486g 2014

   Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation.  379.263 T664s 2014 / (Ref) Américas 2015 379.263 T664s 2014


2014

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Medina, Meg.  Yagui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.  M489y 2013 / (Ref) Américas 2014 M489y 2013  

HONOR  Engle, Margarita.  The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist.  921 G6332e 2013 / (Ref) Américas 2014 921 G6332e 2013

   Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale.  T664p 2013 / (Ref) Américas 2014 T664p 2013

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Morales, Yuyi.  Niño Wrestles the World.  (Pict) M828n 2013

HONOR  Brown, Monica.  (Illustrated by Rafael López).  Tito Puente: Mambo King = Tito Puente: Rey del Mambo.  921 P9775b 2013 / (Ref) Américas 2014 921 P9775b 2013

   Dominguez, Angela.  Maria Had a Little Llama = Maria Tenia una llamita.  D6712m 2013 / (Ref) Américas 2014 D6712m 2013

   Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale.  T664p 2013 / (Ref) Américas 2014 T664p 2013


2013

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  S127a 2012 / (Ref) Américas 2013 S127a 2012

HONOR  Manzano, Sonia.  The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.  M2962r 2012 / (Ref) Américas 2013 M2962r 2012

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Schmidt, Gary D.  (Illustrated by David Diaz).  Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert.  271.2 S351m 2012 / (Ref) 2013 271.2 S351m 2012


2012

AUTHOR AWARD  

MEDAL  McCall, Guadalupe Garcia.  Under the Mesquite.  M4779u 2011 / (Ref) Américas 2012 M4779u 2011

HONOR  Engle, Margarita.  Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck.  811.54 E582h 2011 / (Ref) Américas 2012 811.54 E582h 2011

   Garza, Xavier.  Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller.  460 G245m 2011

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Diego Rivera: His World and Ours.  921 R621t 2011

HONOR  Brown, Monica.  (Illustrated by Sara Palacios).  Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match = Marisol McDonald no combina.  460 B8856m 2011

   Vamos, Samantha R.  (Illustrated by Rafael López).  The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred.  (Pict) V216c


2011

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  (Illustrated by Peter Sís).  The Dreamer.  R9892d / (Ref) Américas 2011 R9892d

HONOR  Ancona, George.  ¡Ole! Flamenco.  793.3 A542o 2010 / (Ref) Américas 2011 793.3 A542o 2010

   Engle, Margarita.  The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba.  813.54 E578f 2010 / (Ref) Américas 2011 813.54 E578f 2010

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Velasquez, Eric.  Grandma's Gift.  (Pict) V434g / Américas 2011 V434g

HONOR  Novesky, Amy.  (Illustrated by David Diaz).  Me, Frida.  921 K21n 2010 / (Ref) Américas 2011 921 K21n 2010

   Tafolla, Carmen.  (Illustrated by Amy Cordova).  Fiesta Babies. (Pict) T1231f / (Ref) Américas 2011 T1231f

   Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin.  T664d 2010 / (Ref) Américas 2011 T664d 2010


2010

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Alvarez, Julia.  Return to Sender.  A473r / (Ref) Américas 2010 A473r

HONOR  Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.  (Illustrated by David Diaz).  Diego: Bigger Than Life.  921 R621be / (Ref) Américas 2010 921 R621be

   Lázaro, Georgina.  (Illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro).  Federico García Lorca.  460 L431f

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Mora, Pat.  (Illustrated by Rafael López).  Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day = Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros.  M827b 2009 / (Ref) Américas 2010 M827b 2009

HONOR  Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.  (Illustrated by David Diaz).  Diego: Bigger Than Life.  921 R621be / (Ref) Américas 2010 921 R621be

   Johnston, Tony.  (lllustrated by Yuyi Morales).  My Abuelita.  (Pict) J735my 2009 / (Ref) Américas 2010 J735my 2009

   Mora, Pat.  (Illustrated by John Parra).  Gracias. Thanks.  460 M827g

2009

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Engle, Margarita.  The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom.  811.54 E582s 2008 / (Ref) Américas 2009 811.54 E582s 2008

HONOR  González, Lucía.  (Illustrated by Lulu Delacre).  The Storyteller's Candle = La Velita de los cuentos.  460 G6436s / (Ref) Américas 2009 G6436s 

   Jiménez, Francisco.  Reaching Out.  J614r 2008 / (Ref) Américas 2009 J614r 2008

   Morales, Yuyi.  Just In Case: a trickster tale and Spanish alphabet book.  (Pict) M828ji / (Ref) Américas 2009 M828ji

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Morales, Yuyi.  Just In Case: a trickster tale and Spanish alphabet book.  (Pict) M828ji / (Ref) Américas 2009 M828ji

HONOR  Dorros, Arthur.  (Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez).  Papá and Me.  (Pict) D7164pa

   González, Lucía.  (Illustrated by Lulu Delacre).  The Storyteller's Candle = La Velita de los cuentos.  460 G6436s / (Ref) Américas 2009 G6436s 

   Tafolla, Carmen.  (Illustrated by Amy Córdova).  What Can You Do With a Rebozo?  (Pict) T1241w / (Ref) Américas 2009 T1241w


2008

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Engle, Margarita.  (Illustrated by Sean Qualls).  The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano.  921 M2962e / (Ref) Américas 2006 921 M2962e

HONOR  Deedy, Carmen Agra.  (Illustrated by Michael Austin).  Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale.  398.24 F312m / (Ref) Américas 2007-2008 398.24 D312m 

   Grand, Carmen T. Bernier.  Frida: ¡Viva la vida! = Long Live Life!  921 K12b / (Ref) Américas 2007-2008 921 K12b

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

HONOR  Brown, Monica.  (Illustrated by Raúl Colón).  My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez = Me Ilamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez.  460 B8856mg / (Ref) Américas 2007-2008 921 G216b 2007

   Gonzalez, Maya Gonzalez.  My Colors, My World = MIs colores, mi mundo.  460 G6437m / (Ref) Américas 2007-2008 G6437m 2007


2006

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Canales, Viola.  The Tequila Worm.  C2129t / (Ref) Américas 2005 C2129t

HONOR  Grand, Carmen T. Bernier.  (Illustrated by David Diaz).  César; ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!  811.54 B528c

   Mora, Pat.  (Illustrated by Raúl Colón).  Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart.  398.22 M827d

   Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  Becoming Naomi León.  R9892b / (Ref) Américas 2004 R9892b

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Mora, Pat.  (Illustrated by Raúl Colón).  Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart.  398.22 M827d

HONOR  Brown, Monica.  (Illustrated by Rafael López).  My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz = Me llamo Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz.  460 B8856mc / (Ref) Américas 2004 921 C959b 2004

   Delacre, Lulu.  Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games.  460 A778

   Grand, Carmen T. Bernier.  (Illustrated by David Diaz).  César: ¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!  811.54 B528c


2004

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Alvarez, Julia.  Before We Were Free.  A473b / (Ref) Américas 2002 A473b

HONOR  Osa, Nancy.  Cuba 15.  O811c / (Ref) Américas 2003 O811c 2011

   Pérez, Amanda Irma.  (Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez).  My Diary from Here to There = Mi Diario de aquí hasta allá.  (Ref) Américas 2002 P437my 2002

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Morales, Yuyi.  Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book.  (Pict) M828j / (Ref) Américas 2003 M828j

HONOR  Goebel, Nancy Andrews.  (Illustrated by David Diaz).  The Pot That Juan Built.  738 A566p / (Ref) Américas 2002 738 A566p

   Krull Kathleen.  (Illustrated by Yuyi Morales).  Harvesting Hope: The Story of César Chávez.  921 C512k / (Ref) Américas 2003 921 C512k


2002

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  Esperanza Rising.  R9892e / (Ref) Américas 2000 R9892e

HONOR  Alarcón, Francisco X.  (Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez).  Iquanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems = Iquanas en la nieve y ontros poemas de invierno.  811.54 A321i 2001 / (Ref) Américas 2001 811.54 A321i 2001

   Jiménez, Francisco.  Breaking Through.  J614b 2001 / (Ref) Américas 2001 J614b 2001


2000

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Ada, Alma Flor.  Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba.  (Ref) Américas 1998 921 A191u 1998

HONOR  Alarcón, Francisco X.  (Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez).  From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems = Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano.  460 A321f / (Ref) Américas 1998 811.54 A321f 1998

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Garza, Carmen Lomas.  (Translated by Francisco X Alarcón).  Magic Windows: Cut-Paper Art and stories = Ventanas mágicas: Papel picado y relatos.  460 G244m / (Ref) Américas 1999 306.85 G244m 1999

HONOR  Ancona, George.  Barrio: Josés Neighborhood.  979.4 A542b 1998 / (Ref) Américas 1998 979.4 A542b 1998

   Carling, Amelia Lau.  Mama and Papa Have a Store.  (Pict) C2825m / (Ref) Américas 1998 C2825m

   Slate, Joseph.  (Illustrated by Felipe Dávalos).  The Secret Stars. (Pict) S6309se 1998 / (Ref) Américas 1998 S6309se 1998

1998

AUTHOR AWARD

MEDAL  Martinez, Victor.  Parrot in the Oven: Mi vida.  M385p / (Ref) Américas 1996 M385p

HONOR  Alarcón, Francisco X.  (Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez).  Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera.  811.54 A321l 1997 / (Ref) Américas 1997 811.54 A321l 1997

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Soto, Gary.  (Illustrated by Stephanie Garcia).  Snapshots from the Wedding.  (Pict) S7183sn

HONOR  Ada, Alma Flor.  (Illustrated by Simón Silva).  Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English.  460 A191g / (Ref) Américas 1997 861.6 A191g 1997

   Garza, Carmen Lomas.  In My Family = En mi familia.  306.85 G244i 1996 / (Ref) Américas 1996 306.85 G244i 1996

  Jaffe, Nina.  (Illustrated by Enrique O. Sánchez).  The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico.  398.26 J23g / (Ref) Américas 1996 398.26 J23g


1996

ILLUSTRATOR AWARD

MEDAL  Soto, Gary.  (Illustrated by Susan Guevara).  Chato's Kitchen.  (Pict) S7183ck / (Ref) Américas 1995 S7183ck

HONOR  González, Lucía M.  (Illustrated by Lulu Delacre).  The Bossy Gallito = El gallo de bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale.  (Ref) Américas 1994 398.2 G6436b 1994

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