Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pura Belpré Ganadores- Third Part

All photos courtesy of REFORMA
The National Association to Promote Library and Information 
Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. 

Pura Belpré ganadores had shared with La Bloga  what the Pura Belpré Award means to them. These are the links.

Illustrator Sara Palacios was not able to attend the celebración. But she does not want to miss the fun here on La Bloga. Sara Palacios has some palabras for  REFORMA and  all the blogueros. 

Sara Palacios

Being able to illustrate the colorful world of Marisol McDonald has been an exciting trip for me. When I first read Monica Brown’s story I was intrigued by Marisol’s personality and I wondered how would I be able to capture how unique and vibrant she was in just lines and colors.

There is always this exciting instant as illustrators right when you are in front of the blank page and you start doing the first doodles, that’s the moment when you fully realize the universe they’re living in and you become part of it.

Receiving a Pura Belpré honor award was truly unexpected to me and I am grateful for that. This award means to me that I was able to share my journey in Marisol´s world with the children and people who read the book and that they were able to enter her world and enjoy it as much as I did. 

I’m honored to receive an award named after Pura Belpré. This strong woman from Puerto Rico was able to share her culture and heritage throughout her work with children in the US, same as Monica and I with Marisol Macdonald. Now, Marisol will be part of many children’s memories. 

My hope is that learning from each other’s differences and embracing them will help future adults to be more tolerant and loving with each other. My journey with miss Marisol MacDonald is not over yet; Monica and I are now working on her second adventure, so hop on because the ride is not over.

Thank you!

Sara Palacios

Illustration by Sara Palacios

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The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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 REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate. 

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