Pura Belpré Award Winners, 1996- Present

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.

It has been given every other year since 1996. Beginning with the 2009 award, it will be given annually. A listing of Pura Belpré honor books housed in the Curriculum Materials/Media Center is below. These are organized according to the Library of Congress system of classification.

List of awards for illustrators

Award Date Title/ Author and Illustrator
(For Narrative)
Call Number

2016

Medal Winner:

Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir / Engle, Margarita

In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lived in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle's worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

PS3555.N4254 Z46 2015

Honor Books:

The smoking mirror / Bowles, David (David A.)

Carol and Johnny Garza are 12-year-old twins whose lives in a small Texas town are forever changed by their mother's unexplained disappearance. Shipped off to relatives in Mexico by their grieving father, the twins soon learn that their mother is a "nagual," a shapeshifter, and that they have inherited her powers. In order to rescue her, they will have to descend into the Aztec underworld and face the dangers that await them.

PZ7.B67895 SMO 2015

Mango, Abuela, and me / Medina, Meg.

Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can't read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English ("Dough. Masa"), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it's still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfecto idea for how to help them all communicate a little better. An endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members.

PZ7 .M512765 MAN 2015

2015

Medal Winner:

I lived on Butterfly Hill / Agosín, Marjorie.

Eleven-year-old Celeste Marconi is a dreamer, a writer, a collector of words. But then a new whispered word trickles into her life: "Subversives." Her beloved country of Chile has been taken over by a military dictatorship, and subversives--people considered a threat to the new government--are in increasing danger. Celeste's doctor-parents must go into hiding to remain safe, and Celeste, heartsick, must say good-bye to them. But the situation continues to worsen. More and more people are "disappearing," and soon Celeste herself is sent thousands of miles away, all the way to the coast of Maine--where she doesn't have a single friend or know a word of English. How can she possibly call another country--a country where people eat breakfast out of a box, where people eat breakfast out of a box, where the cold grays of winter mirror the fears that envelope her--home? WIll she ever see Chile again? And is she does--what, and who, will she find there?

PZ7 .A2686 IAH 2014

Honor Books:

Portraits of Hispanic American heroes / Herrera, Juan Felipe.

An inspiring tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made a positive impact on the world. This visually stunning book showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics. Gorgeous portraits complement sparkling biographies of Cesar Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Ellen Ochoa, Roberto Clemente, and many more. Complete with timelines and famous quotes, this tome is a magnificent homage to those who have shaped our nation. In this volume: Adelina Otero-Warren, Bernardo de Galvez, Cesar Chavez, David Farragut, Dennis Chavez, Desi Arnaz, Dolores Huerta, Ellen Ochoa, Helen Rodriguez Trias, Hero Street USA, Ignacio Lozano, Jaime Escalante, Joan Baez, Judy Baca, Julia de Burgos, Luis Alvarez, Rita Moreno, Roberte Clemente, Sonia Sotomayor, and Tomas Rivera.

E184 .S75 H486 2014

2014

Medal Winner:

Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass / Medina, Meg.

One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn't Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn't kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she's never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy's life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?

PZ7 .M512765 YAQ 2013

Honor Book:

The lightning dreamer : Cuba's greatest abolitionist / Engle, Margarita.

In free verse, evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes.

PZ7.5 .E54 LIG 2013

Pancho Rabbit and the coyote : a migrant's tale / Tonatiuh, Duncan.

When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote. Includes glossary and author's note about illegal immigration and undocumented workers.

PZ7 .T66414 PAN 2013

2013

Medal Winner:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe / Benjamin Alire Saenz

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

PZ7 .S1273 AR 2012

Honor Books:

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano / Sonia Manzano

It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated--and dangerous.

PZ7 .M3213 REV 2012

2012

Medal Winner:

Under the Mesquite / Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

PZ7 .M4783 UND 2011

Honor Books:

Hurricane dancers : the first Caribbean pirate shipwreck / Engle, Margarita.

Quebrado has been a slave on captain Bernadino de Talavera's pirate ship for years, but when a hurricane sinks the ship and kills most of the crew, Quebrado escapes to safety and finds acceptance and refuge in a nearby village.

PS3555 .N4254 H87 2011

Maximilian & the mystery of the Guardian Angel : a bilingual lucha libre thriller / Garza, Xavier.

A young fan of lucha libre Mexican wrestling makes a connection to his battling hero, the Angel de la Guarda (the Guardian Angel).

PZ73 .G3682 2011

2011

Medal Winner:

The dreamer / Ryan, Pam Muñoz.

A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world. Includes author's note about the poet.

PZ7 .R9553 DR 2010

Honor Books:

90 miles to Havana / Flores-Galbis, Enrique.

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

PZ7 .F66433 NI 2010

The firefly letters : a suffragette's journey to Cuba / Engle, Margarita.

Draws on little-known Cuban history to tell a stirring story in poetry. Based on the diaries and letters of Swedish suffragist Fredrika Bremer, who spent three months in Cuba in 1851, the story focuses on oppressed women, the privileged as well as the enslaved, in three alternating free-verse narratives.

PS3555 .N4254 F57 2010

¡Olé flamenco! / Ancona, George.

"Photo-essay about Flamenco, a southern Spanish art form that incorporates song, dance, and music, tracing its cultural history and focusing on a contemporary young girl and her brother as they learn the traditional style of movement and instrument playing. Includes a glossary/pronunciation guide and author's sources"--Provided by publisher.

GV1796 .F55 A53 2010

2010

Medal Winner:

Return to sender / Julia Alvarez.

After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

PZ7 .A48 RE 2009

Honor Books:

Diego : bigger than life / Carmen T. Bernier-Grand ; illustrated by David Diaz.

"The life and work of the artist Diego Rivera is told through chronological poems that capture salient points in his life"--Provided by publisher.

ND259 .R5 B47 2009

2009

Medal Winner:

The Surrender Tree: poem's of Cuba's struggle for freedom / Margarita Engle.

The names of the flowers, 1850-51 -- The Ten Years War, 1868-78 -- The Little War, 1878-80 -- The War of Independence, 1895-98 -- The surrender tree, 1898-99.

PZ3555 .N4254 S87 2008

Honor Books:

The Storyteller's Candle (La Velita de los Cuentos) / Lucia M. Gonzlez.

During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three Kings' Day fiesta.

PZ73 .G5886 2008

Just in Case / Yuyi Morales.

As Señor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle's birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.

PZ7 .M7881927 JU 2008

Reaching out / Francisco Jimenez.

Leaving his home in a migrant community, Francisco sets off for college, carrying memories of years of poverty and prejudice.

PS3560 .I55 R43 2008

2008

Medal Winner:

The poet slave of Cuba : a biography of Juan Francisco Manzano / Margarita Engle ; art by Sean Qualls.

Juan Francisco Manzano was born in 1797 into the household of wealthy slaveowners in Cuba. He spent his early years at the side of his owner's wife, entertaining her friends. His poetry was his outlet, reflecting the beauty and cruelty of his world. Written in verse.

PS3555 .N4254 P64 2006

Honor Books:

Frida : viva la vida = long live life / by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand.

"Biographical poems about the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo"--Provided by publisher, verso t.p.

ND259 .K33 B47 2007

Martina, the beautiful cockroach : a Cuban folktale / retold by Carmen Agra Deedy ; illustrated by Michael Austin.

In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry.

PZ8.1 .D3782 MAR 2007

Los gatos black on Halloween / Marisa Montes ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos whose monstrous ball is interrupted by a true horror.

PZ8.3 .M775 GAT 2006

2006

Medal Winner:

The tequila worm / Viola Canales.

Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her "comadres."

PZ7 .C161643 TE 2005

Honor Books:

Cesar : si, se puede! yes, we can! / Carmen T. Bernier-Grand ; illustrated by David Diaz.

Stylized illustrations by a Caldecott Medalist accompany lyrical prose and poems in this celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez. This thoughtful and beautiful biography illuminates not only the events that made up the great labor leader's life, but also the ideals and inspiration that are his legacy.

PS3602 .E7624 C47 2004

Dona Flor : a tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart / by Pat Mora ; illustrated by Raul Colon.

Dona Flor, a giant lady with a big heart, sets off to protect her neighbors from what they think is a dangerous animal, but soon discovers the tiny secret behind the huge noise.

PZ7 .M78819 DON 2005

Becoming Naomi Leon / Pam Munoz Ryan

When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

PZ7.R9553 BE 2004

2004

Medal Winner:

Before we were free / Julia Alvarez

In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.

PZ7.A48 BE 2002

Honor Books:

Cuba 15 : a novel / by Nancy Osa

Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.

PZ7.O785 CU 2003

My diary from here to there / story, Amada Irma Perez ; illustration, Maya Christina Gonzalez = Mi diario de aqui hasta alla / cuento, Amada Irma Perez ; ilustraciones, Maya Christina Gonzalez

A young girl describes her feelings when her father decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States.

PZ73.P4654 MI 2002

2002

Medal Winner:

Esperanza rising / Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

PZ7.R9553 ES 2000

Honor Books:

Breaking through / Francisco Jimenez.

Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education.

PZ7 .J57525 BR 2001

Iguanas in the snow and other winter poems / poems, Francisco X. Alarcon ; illustrations, Maya Christina Gonzalez = Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno / poemas, Francisco X. Alarcon ; ilustraciones, Maya Christina Gonzalez.

Bilingual winter poetry

PS3551 .L22 I39 2001

2000

Medal Winner:

Under the royal palms : a childhood in Cuba / Alma Flor Ada.

Cuba social life and customs

PS3551 .D22 Z475 1998

Honor Books:

From the belly button of the moon : and other summer poems / poems, Francisco X. Alarcon ; illustrations, Maya Christina Gonzalez = Del ombligo de la luna : y otros poemas de verano / poemas Francisco X. Alarcon ; ilustraciones, Maya Christina Gonzalez.

A bilingual collection of poems in which the renowned Mexican American poet revisits and celebrates his childhood memories of summers, Mexico, and nature.

PS3551 .L22 F76 1998

Laughing out loud, I fly : poems in English and Spanish / Juan Felipe Herrera ; drawings by Karen Barbour.

A collection of poems in Spanish and English about childhood, place, and identity.

PS3558 .E74 L38 1998

1998

Medal Winner:

Parrot in the Oven: mi vida. / Victor Martinez, 1954-2011.

Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member of a poor Mexican American family in which the alcoholic father only adds to everyone's struggle.

PZ7 .M367 P37 2005

Honor Books:

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/ Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera : poems / Francisco X. Alarcón / illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez.

A bilingual collection of humorous and serious poems about family, nature, and celebrations by a renowned Mexican American poet. Tomatoes laugh, chiles explode, and tortillas applaud the sun! With joy and tenderness, delight and sadness, Alarcon's poems honor the wonders of life and nature--welcoming the morning sun, remembering his grandmother's songs, paying tribute to children working in the fields, and sharing his dream of a world filled with gardens.

PS3551 .L22 L38 1997

Spirits of the High Mesa / Floyd Martinez

In this moving coming-of-age novel set in rural New Mexico, the young protagonist, Flavio, is torn between the seductiveness of progress and new technology and his loyalty to village traditions so steadfastly preserved by his grandfather, El Grande.

PS3563 .A733343 S68 1997

1996

Medal Winner:

An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio / Judith Ortiz Cofer

Not in collection

Honor Books:

The bossy gallito = El gallo de bodas ; a traditional Cuban folktale / retold by Lucia M. Gonzalez ; illustrated by Lulu Delacre.

In this cumulative Cuban folktale, a bossy rooster dirties his beak when he eats a kernel of corn and must find a way to clean it before his parrot uncle's wedding. Includes a glossary of Spanish words and information about the different birds in the story.

PZ74.1 .G76 1999

Baseball in April : and other stories / Gary Soto.

A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California. In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes-love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure. Calling on his own experiences of growing up in California's Central Valley, poet Gary Soto brings to life the joys and pains of young people everywhere. The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us.

PZ7 .S7242 BAS 1990


Award Date Title/ Author and Illustrator
(For Illustrator)
Call Number

2014

Medal Winner:

Niño wrestles the world / Morales, Yuyi.

Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

PZ7 .M7881927 NIN 2013

Medal Winner:

Maria had a little llama / Dominguez, Angela N.

In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, set in Peru, Maria takes her llama to school one day.

PZ74.3 .D7 2013

Tito Puente, Mambo King = Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo / Brown, Monica, 1969-

A vibrant bilingual picture-book biography that portrays the musical and cultural phenomenon of Tito Puente, Mambo King.

ML3930 .P83 B76 2013

Pancho Rabbit and the coyote : a migrant's tale / Tonatiuh, Duncan.

When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote. Includes glossary and author's note about illegal immigration and undocumented workers.

PZ7 .T66414 PAN 2013

2013

Medal Winner:

Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, illustrated by David Diaz written by Gary D. Schmidt

The story of Saint Martín de Porres--an endearing tale of perseverance, faith, and triumph over racial and economic prejudice.

BX4700 .M397 S46 2012

2012

Medal Winner:

Diego Rivera : his world and ours / Tonatiuh, Duncan.

An introduction to the life, career, and influence of the Mexican painter Diego Rivera.

ND259 .R5 T57 2011

Honor Books:

The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred / Vamos, Samantha R.

A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.

PZ7 .V2565 CAZ 2011

Marisol McDonald doesn't match = Marisol McDonald no combina / Brown, Monica, 1969-

Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.

PZ73 .B68564 2011

2011

Medal Winner:

Grandma's Gift / illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez.

Not in collection

Honor Books:

Dear Primo : a letter to my cousin / illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

PZ7 .T66414 LE 2010

Fiesta babies / illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla.

Babies enjoy the colorful fiesta with singing, dancing, hugs, and kisses.

PZ8.3 .T114915 FI 2010

Me, Frida / illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky.

Artist Frida Kahlo finds her own voice and style when her famous husband, Diego Rivera, is commissioned to paint a mural in San Francisco, California, in the 1930s and she finds herself exploring the city on her own.

PZ7 .N869 ME 2010

2010

Medal Winner:

Book fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/book day = Celebremos el día de los niños, el día de los libros / by Pat Mora ; Illustrated by Rafael Lopez.

Children read aloud in various settings to celebrate of El día de los niños, or Children's Day, in this bilingual story. Includes facts about Mexico's annual celebration of children and the book fiestas that are often included.

PZ73 .M635 2008

Honor Books:

Gracias / por Pat Mora ; ilustraciones por John Parra ; traducción por Adriana Domínguez = Thanks / by Pat Mora ; illustrations by John Parra ; translation by Adriana Domínguez.

A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.

PZ73 .M6363 2009

My abuelita / written by Tony Johnston ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales ; photographed by Tim O'Meara.

With great gusto, a child's grandmother performs deep knee bends, consumes a breakfast of "huevos estrellados," and practices vocal exercises before going to work as a storyteller.

PZ7 .J6478 MW 2009

Diego : bigger than life / Carmen T. Bernier-Grand ; illustrated by David Diaz.

"The life and work of the artist Diego Rivera is told through chronological poems that capture salient points in his life"--Provided by publisher.

ND259 .R5 B47 2009

2009

Medal Winner:

Just in case : a trickster tale and Spanish alphabet book / Yuyi Morales.

As Señor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle's birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.

PZ7 .M7881927 JU 2008

Honor Books:

Papá and me / Arthur Dorros ; pictures by Rudy Gutierrez.

A bilingual boy and his father, who only speaks Spanish, spend a day together.

PZ7 .D7294 PAP 2008

Reaching out / Francisco Jiménez.

Leaving his home in a migrant community, Francisco sets off for college, carrying memories of years of poverty and prejudice.

PS3560 .I55 R43 2008

What can you do with a rebozo? / by Carmen Tafolla ; illustrations by Amy Córdova.

A spunky young girl explains the many uses of her mother's red rebozo, a traditional Mexican woven shawl.

PZ8.3 .T114915 WH 2008

2008

Medal Winner:

Los Gatos Black on Halloween / by Marisa Montes ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos whose monstrous ball is interrupted by a true horror.

PZ8.3 .M775 GAT 2006

Honor Books:

My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez/ Me llam Gabito: la vida de Gabriel Garcia Marquez / by Monica Brown ; illustrated by Raul Colon

Biography of a very talented writer from his childhood in Colombia to his life today.

PQ8180.17 .A73 Z613 2007

My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo / by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Not in collection

2006

Award Winner:

Dona Flor : a tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart / by Pat Mora ; illustrated by Raul Colon.

Dona Flor, a giant lady with a big heart, sets off to protect her neighbors from what they think is a dangerous animal, but soon discovers the tiny secret behind the huge noise.

PZ7 .M78819 DON 2005

Honor Books:

Arrorro, Mi Nino: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games

An illustrated collection of nursery rhymes, finger play games, and lullabies from the major Latino groups living in the United States today.

PZ74.3 .A77 2004

Cesar : si, se puede! yes, we can! / Carmen T. Bernier-Grand ; illustrated by David Diaz.

Stylized illustrations by a Caldecott Medalist accompany lyrical prose and poems in this celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez. This thoughtful and beautiful biography illuminates not only the events that made up the great labor leader's life, but also the ideals and inspiration that are his legacy.

PS3602 .E7624 C47 2004

My name is Celia : the life of Celia Cruz = Me llamo Celia : la vida de Celia Cruz / written by Monica Brown ; illustrated by Rafael López.

A bilingual portrait of the "Queen of Salsa" describes her childhood in Cuba, her musical career, and her move to the United States, and explains how her music brought her native Cuba to the world.

ML3930 .C96 B76 2004

2004

Medal Winner:

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book / Yuyi Morales

In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.

PZ8.1.M7955 JU 2003

Honor Books:

First Day in Grapes / by L. King Perez ; illustrated by Robert Casilla

When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school.

PZ7.P4256 FI 2002

The Pot That Juan Built /by Nancy Andrew-Goebel ; illustrated by David Diaz

A cumulative rhyme summarizes the life's work of renowned Mexican potter, Juan Quezada. Additional information describes the process he uses to create his pots after the style of the Casas Grandes people.

NK4210.Q49 A87 2002

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez/ by Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales

A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.

HD6509.C48 K78 2003

2002

Medal Winner:

Chato and the Party Animals /by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Susan Guevara

Chato decides to throw a "pachanga" for his friend Novio Boy, who has never had a birthday party, but when it is time to party, Novio Boy cannot be found.

PZ7 .S7242 CF 2000

Honor Books:

Barrio : José's neighborhood / George Ancona.

Presents life in a barrio in San Francisco, describing the school, recreation, holidays, and family life of an eight-year-old boy who lives there. Welcome to Joseacute's neighborhood. In his barrio, people speak an easy mix of Spanish and English and sometimes even Chinese. The masked revelry of Halloween leads into the festive remembrances of the Day of the Dead. And murals on the walls and buildings sing out the stories of the people who live here. As familiar as any neighborhood yet as strange as a foreign country, Jose's barrio isn't in Mexico or Argentina--it's in San Francisco. Award-winning author and photographer George Ancona follows Joseacute; through a season in the barrio, and in the process gives readers a glimpse of a community as rich and varied as America itself.

F869 .S39 M53 1998

The Secret Stars / by Joseph Slate ; illustrated by Felipe Davalos.

In New Mexico on a rainy, icy Night of the Three Kings, Sila and Pepe worry that the kings will not be able to use the stars to navigate, so their grandmother takes them on a magical journey to see the secret stars all around them.

PZ7 .S6289 SF 1998

Mama & Papa Have a Store / by Amelia Lau Carling

A little girl describes what a day is like in her parents' Chinese store in Guatemala City.

PZ7.C216354 MAM 1998

1998

Medal Winner:

Snapshots from the Wedding /by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Stephanie Garcia

Maya, the flower girl, describes a Mexican American wedding through snapshots of the day's events, beginning with the procession to the altar and ending with her sleeping after the dance.

PZ 7 .S7242 SN 1998

Honor Books:

In My Family/ En mi familia / by Carmen Lomas Garza

The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in an Hispanic community in Texas.

PZ73 .L67 1996

The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico / by Nina Jaffe ; illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez.

This myth explains the origin of the sea, the forest, and the island now called Puerto Rico.

F1969 .J33 1996

Gathering the Sun: and Alphabet in Spanish and English / by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by Simon Silva

A book of poems about working in the fields and nature's bounty, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet.

PQ7079.2 .A32 G38 1997B

1996

Medal Winner:

Chato's Kitchen / by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Susan Guevara

To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.

PZ7.S7242 CH 1995

Honor Books:

Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead / George Ancona.

During the three-day celebration of the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican boy and his family make elaborate preparations to honor the spirits of the dead.

F1210 .A75 1993

The bossy gallito = El gallo de bodas ; a traditional Cuban folktale / retold by Lucia M. Gonzalez ; illustrated by Lulu Delacre.

In this cumulative Cuban folktale, a bossy rooster dirties his beak when he eats a kernel of corn and must find a way to clean it before his parrot uncle's wedding. Includes a glossary of Spanish words and information about the different birds in the story.

PZ74.1 .G76 1999