Belpre Illustrator Award Winner

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: Margarita Engle
2020 Belpré Illustrator Award - Winner

Looks at the life and accomplishments of Teresa Carreño, one of the most famous pianist who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.        

Author: Yuyi Morales
2019 Belpré Illustrator Award - Winner

Dreamers is a tale about an immigrant mother and her son who were “unable to understand and afraid to speak…” until they found the library. The books in the library taught them many things and gave them the confidence they needed to succeed and dream in their new country. 

Author: Susan Middleton Elya
2018 Belpré Illustrator Award - Winner

La Princesa and the Pea is a tale set amid guinea pigs, stone arches, and fuzzy indigenous Peruvian textiles. Juana Martinez-Neal’s mischievous characters play out the classic princess-and-the-pea tale—with a twist. Cultural elements inspired by the Peruvian village of Huilloc and the Colca Canyon add vibrancy and playfulness in Martinez-Neal’s acrylic and colored pencil illustrations.

Author: Cathy Camper
2017 Belpré Illustrator Award - Winner

Illustrated by: Raúl Gonzalez

Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are now the proud owners of their own garage--but when a series of earthquakes hit their town and Genie, their beloved cat, disappears they find themselves traveling to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner.


Author: Rafael López
2016 Belpré Illustrator Award - Winner

Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

Author: Yuyi Morales
2015 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Distinguished author/illustrator Morales illuminates Kahlo's life and work in this elegant and fascinating picture-book biography.

Author: Yuyi Morales
2014 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

Lucha Libre champion Nino has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

Author: Gary D. Schmidt
2013 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

The story of Saint Martin de Porres--an endearing tale of perseverance, faith, and triumph over racial and economic prejudice. Illustrated by David Diaz.

Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2012 Belpre Illustrator Award - Winner

This charming book introduces one of the most popular artists of the 20th century to young readers. It tells the story of Diego Rivera as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.

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.