Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
words by Anika Aldamuy Denise
illustrations by Paola Escobar
*2020 Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction
*Smithsonian Ten Best Children’s Books of 2019
*Junior Library Guild Gold Award
*TODAY Best Children’s Books of 2019
*School Library Journal Best Books of 2019
*NYPL, CPL & LAPL Best Books of 2019
*Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature Best Books of 2019
*Indie Next List Pick
*New England Book Award Finalist
“An appealing tribute and successful remedy to the lack of titles about the groundbreaking librarian…a must-have for all libraries.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“Anika Aldamuy Denise’s intimate telling captures the magical, folk-tale feeling of Belpré’s own stories. Her lyrical text, sprinkled like fairy dust with Spanish words, begs to be read aloud, while Paola Escobar’s stylishly detailed and warmly expressive illustrations capture the joy of sharing stories.”
–New York Times Book Review
An inspiring 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.
A Spanish-language edition, Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos, is also available.