January 28, 2014


Ladies reign at this year's Pura Belpré Awards.  The Latina Book Club congratulates Meg Medina and Yuyi Morales on their win. 
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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. 
The 2014 Winners are:
Author Award Winner – Meg Medina for her book YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS (Candlewick Press), a YA book on bullying and resilience.
Illustrator Award Winner – Yuyi Morales for her illustrations and writing of NIÑO WRESTLES THE WORLD (Roaring Brook Press), a YA book about a boy who battles icons from Mexican popular culture in the lucha libre ring.
Honorable Mentions include:   Margarita Engle, Matt de la Peňa, Duncan Tonatiuh, Angela Dominguez and Rafael Lopez.
The Award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpre Award is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate. 
To learn more about this award and the Honorable Mention authors and illustrators, please visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal.