Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in


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

separate is never equal

Separate Is Never Equal
Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
By Duncan Tonatiuh
Duncan Tonatiuh (illustrator)
ISBN-13: 978-1419710544
Publisher: by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Using his signature style of illustration, Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of the Mendez family’s struggle for equal education. His digitally enhanced illustrations and his use of period detail convey the historical setting, linking this landmark case against injustice to a long campaign
for human rights.