REFORMA Heartland Chapter

Pura Belpré Award

Mock Belpré - 2008
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  • Animal Poems of the Iguazú - Francisco Alarcón, illus by Maya Christina Gonzalez
  • Captain Cheech - Cheech Marin, illus by Orlando Ramirez
  • De Colores: Bright with Colors - illus by David Diaz
  • Estrellita in the Big City - Samuel Caraballo, illus by Pablo Torrecilla
  • I'm Just Like My Mom; I'm Just Like My Dad - Jorge Ramos, illus by Akemi Gutiérrez
  • Join Hands! - Pat Mora, illus by George Ancona
  • Marco Flamingo - Sheila Jarkins, illus by the author
  • Paco and the Giant Chile Plant - Keith Polette, illus by Elizabeth Dulemba
  • Papá and Me - Arthur Dorros, illus by Rudy Gutierrez
  • Pepita on Pepper Street - Ofelia Dumas Lachtman, illus by Alex Pardo DeLange
  • A Perfect Season for Dreaming - Benjamin Alire Sáenz, illus by Esau Andrade Valencia
  • Quinito, Day and Night - Ina Cumpiano, illus by José Ramirez
  • The Storyteller's Candle - Lucía González, illus by Lulu Delacre
  • That's Not Fair!: Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice - Carmen Tafolla & Sharyll Teneyuca, illus by Terry Ybáñez
  • Alicia Afterimage - Lulu Delacre
  • Animal Poems of the Iguazú - Francisco Alarcón
  • Facts of Life: Stories - Gary Soto
  • Growing Up with Tamales - Gwendolyn Zepeda
  • He Forgot to Say Goodbye - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • A Perfect Season for Dreaming - Benjamin Alire Sáenz (nominated from the floor)
  • Reaching Out - Francisco Jiménez
  • The Surrender Tree - Margarita Engle
  • That's Not Fair!: Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice - Carmen Tafolla & Sharyll Teneyuca
Here is a date for your January 2009 calendar. Please join us for an interesting learning experience. Refreshments served. Happy Holidays from the Heartland REFORMA Chapter.

  • What: Mock Pura Belpré Award Session
  • When: January 3, 9:30-1:00
  • Where: Antioch Branch, Johnson County Kansas Library & OPAL
The Pura Belpré Award is presented by the Association for Library Services to Children and REFORMA (The National Association for Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) each year beginning in 2008. Previously this award was presented every two years. The award recognizes excellence in the areas of literary merit and outstanding illustration in books for children and young adults by authors and illustrators who identify themselves as Latino.

The selection committee chair alternates between the Association of Library Services for Children (ALSC) and REFORMA and committee members consist of 3 members representing ALSC and 3 members representing REFORMA. Heartland REFORMA member, Jean Hatfield from the Wichita Public Library, served as the chair of the committee in 2007/08. She will lead a Mock Pura Belpré Award Session with attendees participating as the mock committee on January 3 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Anyone interested in participating or observing is invited to attend at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Kansas Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway (corner of Antioch and Shawnee Mission Parkway), 913-261-2300.

Participants are encouraged to read as many books on the suggested list as possible in order to discuss the merits of each book. Books under consideration for this Mock Belpré session are listed at left.

The session will be available over OPAL for those unable to attend in person. Selected text or illustrations from each title will be presented in PowerPoint to facilitate discussion. For first time OPAL participants see the participant guide prior to the session. Participants may choose to attend all or part of the session. For further information contact Jean Hatfield at or

  • 9:15 9:30 Introductions and OPAL Connection Check
  • 9:30 9:40 Overview of the Belpré Process Jean Hatfield
  • 9:40 - 10:45 Consideration of Titles Nominated for Narrative Quality
  • 10:45 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Consideration of Titles Nominated for Illustration
  • 12:30 - 12:45 Questions and Comments
  • 12:45 - 1:00 Summary and Sign-off
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