The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a divison of the American Library Association, and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate, ) hosted the Pura Belpré annual Celebración to honor the 2014 medal and honor winners on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Pura Belpré Award was established in 1996 and honors Latino writers and illustrators whose works of art best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in a book for children. It is named for the first Latina librarian who distinguished herself for her storytelling and outreach work with children and their families while working for the New York Public Library during the first decade of the twentieth century.
From left to right Meg Medina, Matt de la Peña, Margarita Engle, Yuyi Morales, Rafael López and Angela Dominguez
Palabras from Meg Medina winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré award from the novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
"Buenas tardes a todos. Good afternoon. I just love hearing you say the title. It’s funny how books come to be. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass wasn’t supposed to be a novel. In fact, if it had been left up to me, the very idea for this book would have been left alone, dried out and harmless. It would have stayed one of those memories from childhood that was better left buried."
Palabras from Yuyi Morales winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré award from the picture book, Niño Wrestles the World.
"I come from a great magnetic place of poetic beans, automatic cac- tuses, astral farmers, supersonic fire-eaters, cybernetic cowboy char- ros, and neon-colored serapes. It is actually called Mexico; I live there now. It is my great joy to come to my beloved country of work, from my beloved country of birth, to join this celebration of niños, niñas, reading, and books—this freedom to cross from one land to the other, I treasure in the name of all of those who don’t have it. And, yes, I would fly or walk or swim or cross a bridge to wherever a Pura Belpré celebration is happening, because what better company to have than you to celebrate not only this year’s awards, but also the 10th anniversary, diez años, of having received my first Pura Belpré Medal?"
You can find the complete 2014 Belpré Award acceptance speeches at http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpre-14.pdf