Monday, January 18, 2010

Celebracion! ALA Awards anounced

While I am sure that everybody is celebrating the ALA award winners already, I am having my own, very early (5;57 am) beautiful moment her with my cat and my sleeping family. The Pura Belpre Awards were announced this morning as well, and now I can tell who the winners are. Yesterday night it was still a secret!:

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

“Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros,” illustrated by Rafael López, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Pat Mora and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “Diego: Bigger Than Life,” illustrated by David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and published by Marshall Cavendish Children.

“My Abuelita,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston and published by Harcourt Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Gracias Thanks,” illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora and published by Lee & Low Books Inc.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award
“Return to Sender,” written by Julia Alvarez, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named: “Diego: Bigger Than Life,” written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz and published by Marshall Cavendish Children.

“Federico García Lorca,” written by Georgina Lázaro, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro and published by Lectorum Publications Inc.

Who wants to join us to celebrate today! We are going out for dinner and champagne.


Lynn E. Hazen said...

Congratulations, Yuyi!

Lynn E. Hazen said...

Oops, I meant to add this blog post link, too.

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! Let the party begin. We love celebrating Yuyi’s books. There is the saying, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Yuyi creates her books with love. They are works of art and gifts. When she receives awards it feels like we are all winning. We are lucky to be friends with the clan in the purple house and see creativity come to life.
This book is extra special because of Yuyi’s collaborator. Yes, the father of the skyscraper is a creative photographer, supportive husband, wonderful neighbor and marvelous friend. Tim, congratulations on the first of many recognitions!

pat said...

Congratulations, Yuyi...and to Tim,too. Of course, you know what I said earlier that I thought it was Caldecott worthy and still do. Also,congratulations to the other Pura Belpre awardees...and also to Magalay.
Keep in touch.