Pura Belpre Award Winners 2015

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:


Viva Frida illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner.  The book was written by Yuyi Morales.

Frida Kahlo, one of the world’s most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.

Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named:

Little Roja Riding Hood illustrated by Susan Guevara, written by Susan Middleton Elya.

Green Is a Chile Pepper illustrated by John Parra, written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring Latino authors whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience:


I Lived on Butterfly Hill is the 2015 Pura Belpré (Author) Award winner. The book is written by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White.

When her beloved country, Chile, is taken over by a militaristic, sadistic government, Celeste is sent to America for her safety and her parents must go into hiding before they “disappear.”

One Belpré Author Honor Book was named:

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes written by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón.