Every two years the American Library Association announces the prestigious Pura Belpré award in honor of the first Puerto Rican librarian in the New York Public Library System. She is one of eighteen Hispanics whose lives are celebrated in the poems of this profound collection.
Some names we know: César Chavez and Roberto Clemente. But who knows Juan de Miralles, close friend of George Washington, who saved our soldiers at Yorktown from starvation? Or Juana Briones who used her knowledge of medicinal plants to save lives and who spoke out against brutality against Native Americans.
These poems honor the Hispanics in our culture and bring their courage and wisdom into the spotlight to empower every child to claim a place of respect and pride in our society.
48 pages 978-0805098761 Ages 8-12
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
"Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot―the Latinos featured in this collection, Bravo!, come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today!
Biographical poems include: Aida de Acosta, Arnold Rojas, Baruj Benacerraf, César Chávez, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Félix Varela, George Meléndez, José Martí, Juan de Miralles, Juana Briones, Julia de Burgos, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Paulina Pedroso, Pura Belpré, Roberto Clemente, Tito Puente, Ynes Mexia, Tomás Rivera"--from the publisher