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 Author Honor Book
Portraits Of Hispanic American Heroes By Juan Felipe Herrera
Raúl Colón (illustrator)
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Juan Felipe Herrera celebrates the lives of 20 Hispanic people who up to now have been in the shadows to many despite their significant contributions to American society. These poignant biographical sketches succinctly present the essence of each hero’s life and legacy to the future generations of their culture.