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Recommended Reading: Belpré award

A collection of ALA's literature award winners and various notable reading lists.

image of the pura belpre award seal

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service 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. 

Pura Belpré Award Winner for Illustration

Pura Belpré Award Winner for Text

Belpré Medal Honor Books for Illustration

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Belpré Medal Honor Books for Text