Belpré Illustrator Award

Recognizing outstanding work by a Latino/latina Illustrator

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The award 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.

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Author: Cathy Camper
2017 Belpré Illustrator Award - Winner

Illustrated by: Raúl Gonzalez

Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are now the proud owners of their own garage--but when a series of earthquakes hit their town and Genie, their beloved cat, disappears they find themselves traveling to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner.

 

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Author: Susan Wood
2017 Belpré Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by: Duncan Tonatiuh

Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan's space-age lounge music popular in the fifties and sixties has found a new generation of listeners.

 

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2017 Belpré Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by: Duncan Tonatiuh

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side.

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Author: Rafael López
2016 Belpré Illustrator Award - Winner

Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

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Author: Meg Medina
2016 Belpré Illustrator Award - Honor
When a little girl's far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina.
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Author: Antonio Castro
2016 Belpré Illustrator Award - Honor
Tata Gus teaches his grandson Aaron how to use natural healing remedies, and in the process helps the members of his family and his neighbors
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Author: Yuyi Morales
2015 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Distinguished author/illustrator Morales illuminates Kahlo's life and work in this elegant and fascinating picture-book biography.

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Author: Roseanne Thong
2015 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by John Parra. A little girl discovers all the bright colors in her Hispanic American neighborhood.

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Author: Susan Middleton Elya
2015 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by Susan Guevara. A rhyming twist on the classic fairy tale in which a little girl saves her grandmother from a wolf. Includes glossary of Spanish words.

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2015 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California

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Author: Yuyi Morales
2014 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

Lucha Libre champion Nino has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

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Author: Angela N. Dominguez
2014 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But what about Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme.

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2014 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote. Includes author's note.

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Author: Monica Brown
2014 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

A vibrant bilingual picture-book biography that portrays the musical and cultural phenomenon of Tito Puente, Mambo King.

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Author: Gary D. Schmidt
2013 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

The story of Saint Martin de Porres--an endearing tale of perseverance, faith, and triumph over racial and economic prejudice. Illustrated by David Diaz.