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Pura Belpré Honor Award: MAGIC

last updated 30 January 2023

On January 30th, the American Library Association hosted their yearly Youth Media Awards, live from New Orleans.

Bright was thrilled to watch as MAGIC: ONCE UPON A FARAWAY LAND, written and illustrated by Mirelle Ortega won a Pura Belpré Honor Award. MAGIC was published by Cameron Kids, and it is Mirelle’s debut author-illustrated book. Click here to see Mirelle’s reaction when she found out!


“The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” - American Library Association. This award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City.

Click here to be directed to the list of past Pura Belpré Award winners.

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