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¡Viva Pura Belpré! Celebrating Latinx Children's Literature


Explore the diverse latinx cultural experience with these award-winning children's authors and illustrators.


Panelists
Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is the national Young People's Poet Laureate and the Cuban-American author of many award-winning verse novels and picture books. She also wrote the Pura Belpré Medal-winning verse memoir, "Enchanted Air....

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Maya Christina Gonzalez

Maya Christina Gonzalez is a fine artist, educator and illustrator of over 20 picture books, several of which she also wrote. She has written many award-winning books, including "My Colors, My World" for which she was awarded the Pura Belpre Award....

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Rafael López

Rafael López is an internationally recognized children's book illustrator. He won the 2016 Pura Belpré Medal for his illustrations in "Drum Dream Girl" and the 2010 Pura Belpré medal for "Book Fiesta....

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Roni Rivera-Ashford

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford grew up in Nogales on the Arizona-Mexico border. Born into a pioneering Jewish family with roots in Eastern Europe, Roni embraced the languages, cultures and people on both sides of the border....

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Books:
Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote
Margarita Engle
Children / Teens
Peachtree
October 2017
ISBN 9781561458561
32 pages
$17.95, INSTOCK
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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra finds refuge from his difficult childhood by imagining the adventures of a brave but clumsy knight. More/less

All the Way to Havana
Margarita Engle
Children / Teens
Holt
August 2017
ISBN 9781627796422
40 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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A boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday. More/less

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas Familiares Para Cada Dia de la Semana
Maya Christina Gonzalez
Children / Teens
Children's Book Press
September 2017
ISBN 9780892392759
Hardcover, 40 pages
$18.95, INSTOCK
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So begins this bilingual collection of poems that takes us through the week day by day. More/less

Call Me Tree/Llamame arbol
Maya Christina Gonzalez
Children / Teens
Children's Book Press
November 2014
ISBN 9780892392940
Hardcover, 24 pages
$17.95, INSTOCK
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In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. More/less

My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata
Roni Rivera-Ashford
Nuestras Raices
Cinco Puntos Press
May 2015
ISBN 9781935955894
40 pages
$8.95, INSTOCK
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"Tata Gus teaches his grandson Aaron how to use natural healing remedies, and in the process helps the members of his family and his neighbors"--

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics
Rafael López
Children / Teens
Macmillan
March 2017
ISBN 9780805098761
48 pages
$18.99, INSTOCK
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"Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways. More/less

Maybe Something Beautiful
Rafael López
Children / Teens
Macmillan
April 2016
ISBN 9780544357693
40 pages
$16.99, INSTOCK
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What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California,Maybe Something Beautifulreveals how art can inspire transformation--and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. More/less

Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes (Disney/Pixar Coco) (Pictureback(R))
Roni Rivera-Ashford
Nuestras Raices
RH/Disney; Stk edition
October 2017
ISBN 9780736437660
24 pages
$5.99, INSTOCK
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Despite his family's baffling ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician and soon finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. More/less

My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata
Roni Rivera-Ashford
Nuestras Raices
Cinco Puntos Press
May 2015
ISBN 9781935955894
40 pages
$8.95, INSTOCK
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"Tata Gus teaches his grandson Aaron how to use natural healing remedies, and in the process helps the members of his family and his neighbors"--

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