Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
words by Anika Aldamuy Denise
illustrations by Paola Escobar
* Junior Library Guild Selection
*Winter 2018-2019 Kids Indie Next Pick
* SLJ Starred Review
On-sale January 15, 2019
HarperCollins Children’s Books
(Also Available in Spanish)
An inspiring multicultural picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature.
When she came to America in 1921, Pura Belpré carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura’s legacy.
Brought to colorful life by Paola Escobar’s elegant and exuberant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy Denise’s lyrical text, this gorgeous book is perfect for the pioneers in your life.
Informative backmatter and suggested further reading included.