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Belpré Medal

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The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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. The Medal is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.

Narrative Winner: Juana Medina, Juana & Lucas [1]

Narrative Honor: Alexandra Diaz, The Only Road [4]

Illustrator Winner: Raul Gonzalez, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth [5]
Illustrator Honor: Duncan Tonatiuh, Esquivell: Space-age Sound Artist [6]
Illustrator Honor: Duncan Tonatiuh, The Princess and the Warrior; a Tale of Two Volcanoes [7]


Narrative Winner: Margarita Engle, Enchanted Air [8]
Illustrator Winner: Rafael López, The Drum Dream Girl [9]

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Narrative Winner: Marjorie Agosin, I Lived on Butterfly Hill [11]
Illustrator Winner: Yuyi Morales, Viva Frida [12]

Narrative Winner: Meg Medina, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass [13]
Illustrator Winner: Yuyi Morales, Niño Wrestles the World [13]

Narrative Winner: Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe [14]
Illustrator Winner: David Diaz, Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert [15]

Narrative Winner: Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Under the Mesquite [16]
Illustrator Winner: Duncan Tonatiuh, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours [17]

Narrative Winner: Pam Muñoz Ryan, The Dreamer [18]
Illustrator Winner: Eric Velasquez, Grandma’s Gift [19]

Narrative Winner: Julia Alvarez, Return to Sender [20]
Illustrator Winner: Rafael López, Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros [21]

Narrative Winner: Margarita Engle, The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom [22]
Illustrator Winner: Yuyi Morales, Just In Case [23]

Narrative Winner: Margarita Engle, The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano [24]
Illustrator Winner: Yuyi Morales, Los Gatos Black on Halloween [25]

Narrative Winner: Viola Canales, The Tequila Worm
Illustrator Winner: Raul Colón, Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart [26]

Narrative Winner: Julia Alvarez,  Before We Were Free [27]
Illustrator Winner: Yuyi Morales, Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book [28]

Narrative Winner: Pam Munoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising [29]
Illustrator Winner: Susan Guevara, Chato and the Party Animals [30]

Narrative Winner: Alma Flor Ada, Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba [31]
Illustrator Winner: Carmen Lomas Garza, Magic Windows [32]

Narrative Winner: Martinez, Victor, Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida [33]
Illustrator Winner Stephanie Garcia, Snapshots from the Wedding [34]

Narrative Winner: Cofer, Judith Ortiz, An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio [35]
Illustrator Winner: Guevara, Susan, Chato’s Kitchen [36]

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