As always, the Pura Belpré award winners are a great source of a few excellent new books to add to your collection that honor the Latino cultural experience and Latino authors. The award celebrates cultural authenticity both by only selecting from books written by Latino authors, but also selecting books that celebrate and affirm the Latino cultural experience in their story lines and illustrations.
2014 Author Award Winner
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, written by Meg Medina and published by Candlewick Press
Piedad “Piddy” Sanchez’s life is turned upside down when she finds out that Yaqui Delgado wants to kick her ass. While struggling to deal with the threat on her own, Piddy is forced to explore her identity, her culture and the role of others in her life. Meg Medina writes a powerful story about bullying and resilience.
“Meg Medina tackles the delicate subject of bullying with a masterful skill that uses the perfect combination of strong characters, suspense and vivid imagery,” said Tobar.
2014 Illustrator Award Winner
Niño Wrestles the World, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.
Presenting Niño! Our underdressed lucha libre hero defeats almost all comers. Yuyi Morales’ clever use of fonts, text bubbles, word art and vibrant illustrations energizes this world-class wrestling match. The book was written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.
“Yuyi Morales does it again with the rollicking story of Niño, a boy who battles icons from Mexican popular culture in the lucha libre ring,” said Pura Belpré Award Committee Chair Ruth Tobar.
2014 Author Honor Books
The Living, written by Matt de la Peña and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company
In a thrilling survival story, Shy’s summer job on a cruise ship becomes a fight for his life. This page-turner adventure also raises important cultural and sociological issues.
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, written and
illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
Duncan Tonatiuh has written the emotional story of the effects of undocumented immigration on those who leave and those who stay behind. Through traditional folk elements, readers follow young Pancho Rabbit in his arduous journey across the border in search of his father as he tries to keep his family together.
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, written by Margarita Engle and published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Tula fights for freedom and education for herself, and ultimatelyfor women, slaves and dissenters, in Margarita Engle’s poetic story of the nineteenth-century Cuban abolitionist and writer, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.
2014 Illustrator Honor Books
In this vibrant, bilingual portrayal of Tito Puente, the King of Mambo, Rafael López conveys the rhythm and movement of this musical legend through the use of bold colors, swirly lines, and carefully placed word art.
Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita Pequeña, illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC
Maria and her llamita will delight young audiences in this adaptation of the traditional rhyme. Angela Dominguez’s exciting use of perspective, line, color and Peruvian-inspired details adds interest and humor to each page.
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
Using Meso-American-inspired art and collage, Duncan Tonatiuh takes readers on a journey through the textured landscapes of the Mexico-United States border as Pancho Rabbit searches for his father. Vivid hues reflect the changing emotional tone of the story.
**All book information on this page comes from the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) Pura Belpré Award Page. For more information about the award and past winners, visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal.