We at OutlooK-12 are honored to present the 2015 winners of the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for this very special edition of our School Library book reviews. First established in 1996, this award is named after the New York Public Library’s first Latina librarian and is presented each year 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.” In addition to this year’s two medal winners, the 2015 Pura Belpré Award Committee has also selected four honor books based on excellence in writing or illustration.
2015 Illustrator Honor Books
Green Is a Chile Pepper
By Roseanne Greenfield Thong
John Parra (illustrator)
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Parra's vibrant folk art is the perfect complement to the text. The images depict diverse characters of all ages. Parra's wonderful illustrations portray many Hispanic cultural traditions.
They have a sense of energy and liveliness, which gives a feeling of being at a fiesta celebrating colors and culture.