The Life of / La Vida de Pura


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Pura Belpré was born on February 2, 1899 in Cidra, Puerto Rico. A gifted puppeteer and storyteller, Belpré captivated millions of bilingual readers across New York City – and worldwide. Her children’s book, Perez y Martina, became the first Spanish language children’s book published by a mainstream U.S. press. She left such a lasting impact on the reading world and Latino community that the Pura Belpré Award is named to honor her legacy.

Authors: Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
Illustrator: Citlali Reyes

Ages: 0-5

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