Wednesday, June 22, 2016

20th Anniversary Pura Belpré Celebración

When: Sunday, June 26, 1:00 - 3:30 PM

Where: 2016 ALA Annual Conference
 Rosen Centre Hotel, Jr. Ballroom F, Orlando, FL

Come celebrate twenty years of award winning Latino children's literature at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL!

The Pura Belpré award recognizes Latino authors and illustrators for excellent children's literature that affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience. Its establishment in 1996, a joint effort of ALSC and Reforma, was a key milestone in the recognition of the importance of diverse children's literature. The celebration of the award's 20th year is going to be quite special, with an art auction of original pieces by Belpré-recognized illustrators, sales of the new commemorative book "The Pura Belpré Award: Twenty Years of Outstanding Latino Children’s Literature," a keynote speech by Carmen Agra Deedy, and (of course) speeches by the 2016 award winners.

“Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music”, illustrated by Rafael López is the 2016 Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Margarita Engle and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

“Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir”, written by Margarita Engle is the 2016 Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named:
“My Tata’s Remedies/Los remedios de mi tata”, illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, and published by Cinco Puntos Press.

“Mango, Abuela, And Me”, illustrated by Ángela Domínguez, written by Meg Medina, and published by Candlewick Press.

“Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras”, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh, and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams.

Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named:
“The Smoking Mirror”, written by David Bowles, and published by IFWG Publishing, Inc.

“Mango, Abuela, and Me”, written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Ángela Domínguez, and published by Candlewick Press.

In addition to the outstanding Pura Belpré honorees, the rest of the announcements made at the 2016 Youth Media Awards marked a historic and unique moment in Latino children’s literature, when Latino authors and illustrators received an unprecedented amount of medals and honors across different awards.

Matt de la Peña became the first Latino to win the Newbery Medal, which is considered to be the top award given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, for his picture book, “Last Stop on Market Street”, illustrated by Christian Robinson. In the most distinguished informational book category, Duncan Tonatiuh became the first Latino to win the Sibert Informational Book Medal for “Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras”.

Other Latino/Latina authors recognized at the 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards were: Pam Muñoz Ryan for “Echo” (Newbery Honor & Odyssey Honor), Ricardo Liniers Siri for “Written and Drawn by Henrietta” (Batchelder Honor), Anna-Marie McLemore for “The Weight of Feathers” (Morris Award finalist), Margarita Engle for “Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir” (YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction for Young Adults finalist), and Dan-el Padilla Peralta for “Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League” (Alex Award). REFORMA is proud of all the Latino authors and illustrators recognized at this year’s Youth Media Awards, whose victories affirmed by their past and present recognition from the Belpré Award continue to demonstrate their important contribution to children’s literature.

Come celebrate this truly momentous year with music, snacks, art and friends!

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