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: 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.

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2012 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

This charming book introduces one of the most popular artists of the 20th century to young readers. It tells the story of Diego Rivera as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.

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Author: Monica Brown
2012 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by Sara Palacios A creative, unique, bilingual, Peruvian-Scottish-American-soccer-playing artist celebrates her individuality.

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Author: Samantha R. Vamos
2012 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Illustrated by Rafael López A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares Arroz con Leche, or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.

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Author: Eric Velasquez
2011 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

The author describes Christmas at his grandmother's apartment in Spanish Harlem the year she introduced him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Diego Velazquez's portrait of Juan de Pareja, which has had a profound and lasting effect on him.

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2011 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.