Awards & Scholarships

Pura Belpré – Call for Suggestions

The 2023 Pura Belpré Selection Committee invites all ALSC members to submit suggestions of titles to be considered for the 2023 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.

Pura Belpré medal

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 2022.
  • 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.  We will give serious consideration to both REFORMA/ALSC members’ suggestions!

We look forward to receiving your suggestions!

Diane Olivo-Posner and members of the 2023 Pura Belpré Selection Committee

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