Alicia K. Long

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Pura Belpré Award by the Numbers

The Award The Pura Belpré Award (PBA) has been awarded on 20 occasions: every other year from 1996 to 2008, and annually since then. Each year, there is a Medal winner in the categories of Children’s Narrative, Youth Illustration, and (as of 2021) Young Adult Narrative. Honor Books may also...

Review of ¡Vamos!: Let's Go Eat

¡Vamos!: Let’s Go Eat by Raúl the Third; illus. by the author; color by Elaine Bay Primary    Versify/Houghton    40 pp.    g 3/20    978-1-328-55704-9    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-33070-7    $9.99 Little Lobo and his canine sidekick Bernabé, whom we met in ¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market (rev. 3/19), are getting ready...

Review of Dancing Hands

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle; illus. by Rafael López Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 8/19    978-1-4814-8740-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-8741-2    $10.99  Engle and López (Drum Dream Girl, rev. 5/15) bring us another engaging story about a young, successful, female musician of Latinx...

Review of ¡Vamos!: Let's Go to the Market

¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Marketby Raúl the Third; color by Elaine BayPrimary    Versify/Houghton    40 pp.    g4/19    978-1-328-55726-1    $14.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-06340-7    $9.99Waking up when the rooster crows is not hard to do if the day ahead includes a trip to the mercado. Rooster Kooky Dooky’s cries (“¡Vamos!”) wake up Little...

Review of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpréby Anika Aldamuy Denise; illus. by Paola EscobarPrimary     Harper/HarperCollins     40 pp.1/19     978-0-06-274868-3     $17.99In her native Puerto Rico, a young Pura Belpré retells folk stories to children under a tamarind tree; when she visits Nueva York in 1921 and decides to stay,...

Review of The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin Americaby Jaime Hernandez; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    TOON    48 pp.4/18    978-1-943145-28-7    $16.95Paper ed.  978-1-943145-29-4    $9.99Spanish ed.  978-1-943145-30-0    $16.95Spanish paper ed.  978-1-943145-31-7    $9.99Three amusing and enlightening folktales full of action, magic tricks, and fantasy are presented in a spirited and lively comic-book format (simultaneously...

Review of Somos como las nubes / 
We Are like the Clouds

Somos como las nubes / 
We Are like the Cloudsby Jorge Argueta; illus. by 
Alfonso Ruano; trans. from the Spanish by Elisa AmadoPrimary, Intermediate    Groundwood    32 pp.10/16    978-1-55498-849-5    $18.95e-book ed.  978-1-55498-850-1    $16.95Argueta’s bilingual collection of poems gives voice to the many refugee children who emigrate from Central American countries to...

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