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REFORMA Announces the 2015 Pura Belpr?® Award Winners

Presented to Latin@ author and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: February 21, 2015


REFORMA Announces the 2015 Pura Belpr?® Award Winners


Every year, the Pura Belpr?® award is presented to a Latino/Latina author and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Established in 1996, the award is named after a pioneer in Latino librarianship, Pura Belpr?®, who revolutionized the role of Latinos and minorities in the library field as well as made great strides amongst the Puerto Rican community through her own writing and storytelling.

The most prestigious award for Latino Children's Literature, the Pura Belpr?® is co-sponsored by the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.

This year, the Pura Belpr?® awards were announced during the ALA Midwinter conference in Chicago, IL.

Winners of the Belpr?® Medal are:

"Viva Frida," illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the Belpr?® Illustrator Award winner. The book
was written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press, a Neal Porter Book.
Morales, born in Mexico, also received the Caldecott Honor for 2015 for Viva Frida. In this work, she paints her landscape beautifully with her stunning multi-media art.

"I Lived on Butterfly Hill" is the 2015 Pura Belpr?® (Author) Award winner. The book is written by Marjorie Agos?¡n, illustrated by Lee White and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division.
Agos?¡n is a Chilean-American writer and professor of Spanish language and literature at
Wellesley College. She tells the story of a young girl in Valpara?¡so, Chile during the military dictatorship.

Three Belpr?® Illustrator Honor Books were named:

"Little Roja Riding Hood," illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Susan Middleton
Elya, and published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

"Green Is a Chile Pepper," illustrated by John Parra, written by Roseanne Greenfield
Thong, and published by Chronicle Books LLC.

"Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation," illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh, and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

One Belpr?® Author Honor Book was named:

"Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes," written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Ra??l Col??n and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

For more information on the Pura Belpr?® award: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal

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