Annal: 2006 Pura Belpré Award for Narrative

Results of the Pura Belpré Award in the year 2006. Due to multiple honors from a single award, the following titles received no points in this category: Doña Flor.

Book:The Tequila Worm

The Tequila Worm

Viola Canales

Sofia comes from a family of storytellers. Here are her tales of growing up in the barrio, full of the magic and mystery of family traditions: making Easter 'cascarones', celebrating 'el Dia de los Muertos', preparing for 'quincea–era', rejoicing in the Christmas 'nacimiento', and curing homesickness by eating the tequila worm.

When Sofia is singled out to receive a scholarship to an elite boarding school, she longs to explore life beyond the barrio, even though it means leaving her family to navigate a strange world of rich, privileged kids. It's a different 'mundo', but one where Sofia's traditions take on new meaning and illuminate her path.

Book:Becoming Naomi León

Becoming Naomi León

Pam Muñoz Ryan

"I always thought that the biggest trial in my life was my name, Naomi Guadalupe Zamora Outlaw, but little did I know that it was the least of my problems, or that someday I would live up to it."

Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes, her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as 'nobody special'. But according to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. And with Gram and her little brother, Owen, life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho in California is happy and peaceful - until their mother reappears after seven years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions and challenging Naomi to discover and proclaim who she really is.

Book:César

César: Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, David Diaz

Born in 1927 in Yuma, Arizona, César Chavez lived the hard-scrabble life of a migrant worker during the Depression. Although his mother wanted him to get an education, César left school after eighth grade to work. He grew to be a charismatic leader and founded the National Farm Workers Association, an organization that fought for basic rights for farm workers.

In powerful poems and dramatic stylized illustrations, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and David Díaz pay tribute to Chavez's legacy helping migrant workers improve their lives by doing things by themselves for themselves.

Book:Doña Flor

Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

Pat Mora, Raúl Colón

Doña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families. She loves her neighbors–she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets, and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts. So when a huge puma is terrifying the village, of course Flor is the one to investigate.

Featuring Spanish words and phrases throughout, as well as a glossary, Pat Mora's story, along with Raúl Colón's glorious artwork, makes this a treat for any reader, tall or small.

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