Author and illustrator Yuyi Morales received the 2014 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for her book Niño Wrestles the World, which was featured in 2013 at the Festival and in the Reading Rock Stars program. Festival goers and Reading Rock Star students alike enjoyed the playfulness of Yuyi’s illustrations in this fun book about a fearless, little luchadore.
Matt de la Peña received a Pura Belpré Author Honor for his page-turning, young adult novel The Living. His panel at the 2013 Festival, Apocalypse Now, was enjoyed by young adult and adult audiences as he discussed his post-apocolyptic thriller with Alexandra Coutts and Brian Yansky.
Duncan Tonatiuh received both the Pura Belpré Author Honor and Illustrator Honor for his book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale. Hundreds of Reading Rock Star students studied the intricacies of this sensitively-approached social and political children’s tale.
Tito Puente: Mambo King written by Festival and Reading Rock Stars author Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael López was given the Illustrator Honor. Reading Rock Stars students decorated their school using López’s illustrations as their inspiration.
Congratulations to all of our award-winning authors/illustrators and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination!