Children's Literature (all forms)

Mock Pura Belpre Award

I’d like to share the results of the Mock Belpre that was sponsored by the Heartland Chapter of REFORMA on Jan. 3. We took the opportunity to experiment with doing the program on OPAL (Online Programs for All Libraries) which enables others to participate remotely and to access the archive of the discussion. We invite you to take a listen. It was our first time doing this type of program, so it isn’t very polished, but I think you’ll get the gist of the conversations.

You can see the list of books we had up for discussion and the link to the OPAL program at

Our honored books were:

  • Mock Winner, Text: The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
  • Mock Honor Books, Text: Animal Poems of the Iguazu by Francisco Alarcon and Perfect Day for Dreaming by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Mock Winner, Illustration: Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros, illus. by Rudy Gutierrez
  • Mock Honor Books, Illustration: Animal Poems of the Iguazu by Francisco Alarcon, illus by Maya Christina Gonzalez, and Quinito Day and Night by Ina Cumpiano, illus by Jose Ramirez

Jean Hatfield
Alford Regional Library
Wichita (Kansas) Public Library

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