Awards & Scholarships

Pura Belpré – Call for suggestions

Pura Belpré medal The 2018 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee invites all ALSC members to submit suggestions of titles to be considered for the 2018 Pura Belpré Award, presented 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.

The award is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

Terms & Criteria for the award can be found here.

  • Suggestions can be made for Author or Illustrator awards (or both.)
  • The books must be published in the United States or Puerto Rico during 2017.
  • Recipients of the Pura Belpré medal must be residents or citizens of the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Fiction and nonfiction books for children published in Spanish, English, or bilingual formats are eligible.

Current REFORMA/ALSC members can sign in and submit suggestions by completing this form, before October 15, 2017.  We will give serious consideration to both REFORMA/ALSC members’ suggestions!

Questions? Contact Alicia K. Long, 2018 Pura Belpré Award Committee Chair, at

— Alicia K. Long and members of the 2018 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee

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