Maybe everyone has had enough by now of hearing about book awards. Maybe it is time to move on. Maybe it is even time to start speculating about our favorites for next year. But before we have to definitively stop talking about awards and lists for the year, I wanted to bestow a little extra fanfare on two outstanding YA titles that received awards from other ALA divisions this year. These books were each selected for their excellence in representing a particular culture, but they both transcend that niche to tell stories that can touch any reader.
The Pura BelprÃ© Award, cosponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA, an ALA affiliate, is presented annually to the Latino/Latina author and illustrator “whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.”
The 2013 Pura BelprÃ© Award went to — no big surprise here — Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Continue reading Multi-Cultural Award Winners