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2020 Pura Belpré Awards

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15, which makes this an especially great time to check out this year's Pura Belpré Award and Honor books. 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." 

Sal & Gabi break the universe
Sal & Gabi break the universe
by Carlos Alberto Hernandez

2020 Author Award
 
In order to heal after his mother's death, thirteen-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things--and people--from other universes.
Lety out loud
Lety out loud
by Angela Cervantes

2020 Author Honor
 
A latest novel set in the fan-favorite animal shelter setting from Gaby, Lost and Found finds a young Spanish-speaking volunteer reluctantly partnering with a grumpy classmate who competes against her to become the shelter's official pet profile writer.
The other half of happy
The other half of happy
by Rebecca Balcarcel

2020 Author Honor
 
Twelve-year-old Quijana is a biracial girl, desperately trying to understand the changes that are going on in her life; her mother rarely gets home before bedtime, her father suddenly seems to be trying to get in touch with his Guatemalan roots (even though he never bothered to teach Quijana Spanish), she is about to start seventh grade in the Texas town where they live and she is worried about fitting in--and Quijana suspects that her parents are keeping secrets, because she is sure there is something wrong with her little brother, Memito, who is becoming increasingly hard to reach
Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré
 
A lyrical picture book portrait of New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian describes how Pura Belpré moved to America in 1921 and became an influential writer and puppeteer who is celebrated for championing bilingual literature. 
Soldier for equality : José de la Luz Saénz and the Great War
 
Describes the life and accomplishments of José de la Luz Sáenz, who helped create the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Latino civil rights organization.
Dancing hands : how Teresa Carreno played the piano for President Lincoln
 
Looks at the life and accomplishments of Teresa Carreäno, one of the world's most famous pianists who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.
Across the bay
Across the bay
by Carlos Aponte
 
2020 Illustrator Honor
 
Carlitos lives in a happy home with his mother, his abuela, and Coco the cat. Life in his hometown is cozy as can be, but the call of the capital city pulls Carlitos across the bay in search of his father
My papi has a motorcycle
My papi has a motorcycle
by Isabel Quintero
 
2020 Illustrator Honor
 
A young child lists the ways that his dad is not a superhero before revealing how he still does cool things, from playing checkers to knowing when someone is jumping on the bed. By the author of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning Up, Tall and High!
¡Vamos! Let's go to the market
¡Vamos! Let's go to the market
by Raúl the Third
 
2020 Illustrator Honor
 
Little Lobo and his dog make deliveries to marketplace vendors in a busy Mexican-American border town, in a celebration of diversity by the award-winning illustrator of the Lowriders in Space series that blends stylistically detailed graphic-art panels with clever bilingual text.