Annal: 2010 Pura Belpré Award for Narrative

Results of the Pura Belpré Award in the year 2010.

Book:Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Julia Alvarez

After Tyler’s father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?

In a novel full of hope, but no easy answers, Julia Alvarez weaves a beautiful and timely story that will stay with readers long after they finish it.

Book:Diego: Bigger Than Life

Diego: Bigger Than Life

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, David Diaz

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand’s inspiring free verse and David Diaz’s vivid paintings capture the defining moments and emotions of Rivera’s tumultuous life, including his stormy relationship with artist Frida Kahlo and his passion for his art. Rivera’s energy, physique, love for women, and work were all “bigger than life.” A biography, chronology, glossary, sources, notes, and famous quotations are included.

Book:Federico García Lorca (Georgina Lázaro)

Federico García Lorca: Cuando Los Grandes Eran Pequenos; When the Grown-Ups Were Children

Georgina Lázaro, Enrique S. Moreiro

This biography in pictures brings to life the early experiences of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. Every child can relate to his story—such as worrying about fitting in with other children—and will be engaged by the colorful, often amusing illustrations showing details from Federico’s actual home.

Esta biografía ilustrada presenta la vida temprana de Federico García Lorca, el gran poeta español. Cualquier niño/a puede identificarse con su historia -por ejemplo, se preocupaba por llevarse bien con sus compañeros de clase- y estará encantado/a con las coloridas y divertidas ilustraciones que incluyen detalles de la casa verdadera de Federico.

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