The Belpré Medal was first awarded in 1996. Between 1996 and 2008, Belpré Medals for Narrative and Illustration were presented every other year. Beginning in 2009, the Belpré Medals have been awarded annually.
Named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina Children's Librarian at the New York Public Library, the award 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.
Belpré Illustration Winner and Honor Books 2017
On January 23, 2017, the Pura Belpré Award Committee named one Medal Winner for illustration and two Honor Books. A complete list of all Belpré Medal Winners and honor books for illustration can be found at the Pura Belpré Medal website.