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Belpré Award

Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best celebrates the Latino experience in an outstanding work of literature for youth.

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About the Pura Belpré Award

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 Winners 2020

Here you'll find direct links to the most recent Belpré Illustrator winners in the San Antonio Public Library catalog.  For more information about the Belpré Medal, including a list of all the Belpré Winners and Honor Books, please visit the Belpré Medal website. 

2020 Author Honor Books

2020 Illustrator Honor Books

Belpré Author Winners 2019 - 2010

Here you'll find direct links to the most recent Belpré Author winners in the San Antonio Public Library catalog.  For more information about the Belpré Medal, including a list of all the Belpré Winners and Honor Books, please visit the Belpré Medal website.