Jorge Luis Borges once said that he imagines paradise to be a kind of library. It just may be if it’s filled with gorgeous books like those praised by this year’s Pura Belpre Award. Every year the award is given to one Latino author and illustrator who best portray or celebrate Latino culture in children’s literature. This year’s winners were:
Under the Mesquite Tree by Guadalupe Garcia McCall recalls the story of Lupita, a Mexican-American teen who faces caring for her younger siblings when her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Overwhelmed by the reality of her family’s situation, Lupita takes comfort in writing underneath a big mesquite tree.
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh is a beautifully illustrated book about the early days of Mexican artist Diego Rivera.