February 8, 2012



UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Lee and Low Books Inc.) has won the 2012 Pura Belpre Award. 

Garcia McCall's winning entry is an "emotionally riveting" tale of growing up in a bicultural community in Texas from the point of view of fourteen-year-old Lupita, the oldest of eight children, who is in charge while her mother battles cancer.

The 2012 Illustrator Award went to Duncan Tonatiuh for DIEGO RIVERA: HIS WORLD AND OURS.  Tonatiuh wrote and illustratrate the book, which was published by Abrams Books for Young Readers.

The annual award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.  For the complete listing of winners and honorable mentions, click here.