Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books.
“The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom” by Margarita Engle, is the winner of the 2009 Belpré Author Award.
Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books for illustration were named:
“What Can You Do with a Rebozo?” illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla
Three Belpré Author Honor Books were named:
“Just in Case” written by Yuyi Morales
“Reaching Out” written by Francisco Jiménez
“The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos,” written by Lucía González