2021 Pura Belpré Award Winners

Posted on April 12, 2021

by Kimberley F

Established in 1996, the Pura Belpré Award recognizes Latino/Latina writers and illustrators.  Named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, these annual award winners use works of literature to commemorate and celebrate the Latino experience for children and youth.  We are proud to highlight the 2021 Pura Belpré Award Winners.  

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Cover of Efrén Divided

Efrén Divided
By Ernesto Cisneros


American-born Efren Nava worries daily that his undocumented parents won’t return home from work. What would happen to Efren and his two younger siblings? The nightmare turns into reality when his mother is deported. Now Efre must remain strong and vigilant until his family is together again.

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The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez


Cuban American Nestor Lopez can talk to animals. This secret ability comes in handy when a tule vieja begins absorbing animals to take their power. Now Nestor has until the next solar eclipse to save the animals and his family from this witch.

Cover of Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance
By Donna Barba Higuera

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Guadalupe “Lupe” Wong wants to become the first woman pitcher in the majors. Meeting her idol, Seattle Mariners pitcher Fu Li Hernandez, is her true desire. Uncle Hector promises she will meet him if she gets straight A’s. But a square-dancing class stands in her way!

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¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat!
By Raul the Third

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Little Lobo is taking food orders before the great Lucha Libre 500 wrestling match. Exploring the vibrant food truck community in his local neighborhood, he is surrounded by delectable cuisines and diverse flavors.

Cover of Sharuko: Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello

Sharuko: Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello
By Elisa Chavarri

Packed with splendid watercolor and gouache illustrations, this bilingual biography traces the life of an accomplished Peruvian archaeologist. Readers learn about the boy nicknamed “Sharuko” from his young life in Quechua to his illustrious career.

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By Yamile Saied Mendez

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Because fútbol is for boys, La Furia lives a double life. Her parents see a careful daughter who follows her mother’s expectations and fears her father’s short temper. But on the field, she is a powerhouse and force to be reckoned.

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Never Look Back
By Lilliam Rivera


A modern-day retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Euydice, depicted through the landscape of the Bronx, New York. We meet troubled Eury, whose family lost everything in Hurricane Maria. As she struggles to rebuild, she meets the charismatic bachata-singer Pheus, and an exciting, turbulent relationship begins.

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We Are Not from Here
By Jenny Torres Sanchez

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Inspired by current events at the U.S. southern border. Forced to flee their home country of Guatemala, three friends are headed to America. They face a journey filled with danger, uncertainty, but most importantly, hope.

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