The Pura Belpré Award is presented by REFORMA and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC). This annual award recognizes excellence in the areas of literary merit and outstanding illustration in books for children and young adults by authors and illustrators who identify themselves as Latino.
The Heartland Chapter of REFORMA recently gathered their list of books they felt would make the list.
Here are their Mock Pura Belpré Award Results:
- Let Me Help – Ada, Alma Flor
- ¡Muu! Moo! Rimas de Animales – Ada, Alma Flor
- How Tía Lola Learned to Teach – Alvarez, Julia
- ¡Ole! Flamenco – Ancona, George
- The Party for Papá Luis – Bertrand, Diane Gonzales
- Tortilla Sun – Cervantes, Jennifer
- From North to South – Colato Laínez, René
- My Shoes and I – Colato Laínez, René
- The Firefly Letters – Engle, Margarita
- 90 Miles to Havana – Flores-Galbis, Enrique
- The Red Umbrella – Gonzalez, Christina Diaz
- Floating on Mama’s Song – Lacámara, Laura
- The Runaway Piggy – Luna, James
- Under the Mesquite – McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
- Grandma’s Chocolate – Price, Mara
- No Time for Monsters – Rivas, Spelile
- The Dreamer – Ryan, Pam Muñoz
- Grandma’s Gift – Velazquez, Eric
- Let Me Help – Ada, Alma Flor, illus by Domínguez, Angela
- ¡Muu! Moo! Rimas de Animales – Ada, Alma Flor, illus by Escrivá, Viví
- ¡Ole! Flamenco – Ancona, George, illus by the author
- The Party for Papá Luis – Bertrand, Diane Gonzales, illus by Galindo, Alejandro
- From North to South – Colato Laínez, René, illus by Cepeda, Joe
- My Shoes and I – Colato Laínez, René, illus by Vanden Broeck, Fabricio
- Floating on Mama’s Song – Lacámara, Laura, illus by Morales, Yuyi
- The Runaway Piggy – Luna, James, illus by Lacámara, Laura
- Me, Frida – Noyesky, Amy, illus by Diaz, David
- No Time for Monsters – Rivas, Spelile, illus by Cervantes, Valeria
- Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush – Urrea, Luis Alberto, illus by Cardinale, Christopher
- Grandma’s Gift – Velazquez, Eric, illus by the author
I was pleased to see Jennifer Cervantes on the list, she was featured in an author spotlight back in August. Her wonderful book “Tortilla Sun” has been receiving rave reviews and we are thrilled to see it being recognized.
The other author is fellow San Diego SCBWI member Mara Price. Mara is an amazing bundle of energy and her ability to promote her book “Grandma’s Chocolate” truly leaves me humbled. Mara was doing book presentations even before her book was released, that takes talent.
Good luck ladies I wish you both well and even though these are the MOCK awards this group has had the winner on it’s list for the past two years.
Writing on the Sidewalk