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YA & Children's Book Awards: Pura Belpre Awards

The Pura Belpre Award

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking ( REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.

The award is now given annually. It was given as a biennial award from 1996 through 2008. Beginning with the 2021 award, the Young Adult Author category was added with YALSA's partnership.

- Pura Belpre Page at ALASC

Current Pura Belpre Illustrator Winner

Current Pura Belpre Young Adult Author Winner

Current Pura Belpre Children's Author Winner

Current Pura Belpre Honor Books

Illustrator Honor Book

Author Honor Books

Young Adult Author Honor Books

Previous Pura Belpre Award Winners