This past spring, my co-worker and I read all of the Belpre Illustrator award winners and honors. There are significantly less books for this award than the Caldecotts and the CSKs because this award was first established in 1996. The Pura Belpre Illustrator Award is presented to a Latino/a illustrator whose work best portrays and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for youth. (ala.org) The award is named after the first Latina librarian.
|Current Belpre Illustrator Winner|
The following (in alphabetical order by title) are my Belpre Illustrator favorites, as reviewed through my Goodreads.com account.
- Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book, by Yuyi Morales (2004 Winner)
- Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book, by Yuyi Morales (2009 Winner)
- Los Gatos Black on Halloween, by Marisa Montes, ill. by Yuyi Morales (2008 Winner)
- Maria Had a Little Llama/Maria Tenia Una Llamita, by Angela Dominguez (2014 Winner)
- Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina, by Monica Brown, ill. by Sara Palacios (2012 Honor)
- Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo, by Monica Brown, ill. by Rafael Lopez (2014 Honor)
My favorite Belpre Illustrator is Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book. Yuyi Morales. This picture book is quite entertaining and educational, of course. The illustrations are very vivid, unique, and full of expression. I'm a huge fan of both the illustrator and this enchanting story about a skeleton on his way to a birthday party.
Oh, and it's International Day of Older Persons, so let's all celebrate our grandmothers! :)
*Updated February 2014
With Love and God Bless,