This page lists alumni of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (iSchool) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that served on Pura Belpré Award Selection Committees. Unless otherwise noted, the alumni listed received their master’s or doctorate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The italicized book titles represent the Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award winner followed by the Youth Illustrator Award winner in the specified year.
Established in 1996, the Pura Belpré Award is awarded by the American Library Association (ALA) and “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.”1 To learn more about the Pura Belpré Award and past recipients, visit this page by the Association for Library Service to Children or the ALSC Book & Media Awards Shelf.
Rebecca King (MS/LIS, 2012) – Pura Belpré Selection Committee Member 2021 (Efrén Divided; ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat!)
Lettycia Terrones (PhD, Present) – Pura Belpré Selection Committee Member 2017 (Juana and Lucas; Lowriders to the Center of the Earth)
Celia C. Pérez (CAS, 2012) – Pura Belpré Selection Committee Member 2014 (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass; Niño Wrestles the World)