Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pura Belpré Award

Purpose - The Pura Belpré Award is awarded to the best Latino/Latina children's writer/illustrator. It was created to promote current and relevant literature for Latino children.

History - The first award was given in 1996. Pura Belpré (1899-1982) was a librarian at the New York Public Library, a bilingual storyteller, puppet maker, and author. She was known for sharing stories of Puerto Rico with the children of the area. She loved to bring multicultural literature to children's lives. After her death, it was librarians Oralia Garza de Cortex and Sandra Rios Balderrama who took their idea of an award in Pura's name to REFORMA. They partnered with the ALSC to create the award, using the Coretta Scott King Award as a model.

Facts -
*One award is given to an author, another to an illustrator.
*The award is co-sponsored by the ALSC and National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking(REFORMA).
*The books must be published in the United States or Puerto Rico.
*The award was given every two years until 2008, when it became a yearly award.

Recent winner- Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (winning author)
Nino Wrestles the World, written and illustrated by Yjui Morales (illustrator winner).

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