PURA BELPRE AWARDS 
FOR WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS
OF
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
1996-2002
PAM MUNOZ RYAN 

 
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented 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 the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA Affiliate. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian from the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore. The awards are given biennially.

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2002 Writer Pam Munoz Ryan Esperanza Rising
2002 Illustrator Susan Guevara Chatto and the Party Animals (By Gary Soto)
2000 Writer Alma Flor Ada Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba
2000 Illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza Magic Windows
1998 Writer Victor Martinez Parrot in the Oven: mi vida
1998 Illustrator Stephanie Garcia Snapshots from the Wedding (By Gary Soto)
1996 Writer Judith Ortiz Cofer An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio
1996 Illustrator Susan Guevara Chato's Kitchen (By Gary Soto)

 
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