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
Little Roja Riding Hood
By Susan Middleton Elya
Susan Guevara (illustrator)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Susan Guevara’s illustrations are a visual treat full of suspense and humor adding a spin to the classic fairy tale. Her use of details, such as the three blind mice and the little duendes (elves), and the texture of warm colors give readers glimpses into a contemporary Hispanic family.