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AWARD WINNERS: Belpre Award


The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

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Don?a Flor : a tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart book Don?a Flor : a tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart

Mora, Pat.
E MORA

2006 Illustrator Winner. Don?a Flor, a giant lady with a big heart, sets off to protect her neighbors from what they think is a dangerous animal, but soon discovers the tiny secret behind the huge noise.



The tequila worm Teen Book The tequila worm

Canales, Viola.
TEEN CANALES

2006 Author Winner. Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her "comadres."



Just a minute : a trickster tale and counting book book Just a minute : a trickster tale and counting book

Morales, Yuyi.
E 398.2097 MORALES

2004 Illustrator Winner. In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.



Chato and the party animals book Chato and the party animals

Soto, Gary.
E SOTO

2002 Illustrator Winner. Chato decides to throw a "pachanga" for his friend Novio Boy, who has never had a birthday party, but when it is time to party, Novio Boy cannot be found.



Esperanza rising Juvenile Book Esperanza rising

Ryan, Pam Mun?oz.
J RYAN

2002 Author Winner. Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.



Magic windows Juvenile Book Magic windows

Garza, Carmen Lomas.
J 306.8508 LOMAS G

2000 Illustrator Winner. In Spanish and English, Carmen Lomas Garza portrays her family's Mexican customs through cut-paper work.



Under the royal palms : a childhood in Cuba Juvenile Book Under the royal palms : a childhood in Cuba

Ada, Alma Flor.
J BIO ADA ADA

2000 Author Winner. The author recalls her life and impressions growing up in Cuba.



Snapshots from the wedding book Snapshots from the wedding

Soto, Gary.
E SOTO

1998 Illustrator Winner. Maya, the flower girl, describes a Mexican American wedding through snapshots of the day's events, beginning with the procession to the altar and ending with her sleeping after the dance.



Chato's kitchen book Chato's kitchen

Soto, Gary.
E SOTO

1996 Illustrator Winner. To get the "ratoncitos", little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.



Just in case : a trickster tale and Spanish alphabet book book Just in case : a trickster tale and Spanish alphabet book

Morales, Yuyi.
E MORALES

2009 Illustrator Winner. As Senor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle's birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.



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