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Award Winning Youth Books: Belpré Medal

An overview of award winning youth books and audio books in our collection for kids and teens, broken down by award.

The Pura Belpré Award (1996 - Present)

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.

♦Winners are separated between awards for narration and illustration, years with no winners are noted chronologically♦

Award Winners - Narrative

Award Winners - Illustration