Belpre Illustrator Award 2011

Recognizing outstanding work by a Latino/latina Illustrator

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The award 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.

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Author: Eric Velasquez
2011 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

The author describes Christmas at his grandmother's apartment in Spanish Harlem the year she introduced him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Diego Velazquez's portrait of Juan de Pareja, which has had a profound and lasting effect on him.

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2011 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

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Author: Carmen Tafolla
2011 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Join in the lastest fun from a Pura Belpre Honor-winning team. These Fiesta Babies dance, march on parade, and sing along to mariachi songs in their spirited celebration of fiestas. From pinatas to flower coronas, little ones are introduced to the many coloful aspects of an important and lively Latino cultural tradition.

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Author: Amy Novesky
2011 Belpre Illustrator Award - Honor

Artist Frida Kahlo finds her own voice and style when her famous husband, Diego Rivera, is commissioned to paint a mural in San Francisco, California, in the 1930s and she finds herself exploring the city on her own.