The story of extraordinary librarian, storyteller and author Pura Belpré. The remarkable contributions she made to children’s literature and vibrant spirit of her work are captured in this glorious new picture book biography. She was the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City and wrote some of the first mainstream Spanish children’s books in the country. She brought a special energy, magic and joyful creativity to whatever she did.
The seeds she sowed indeed established deep roots whose impact can still be felt and seen today. She would probably agree that there is still much more to be done to better represent diversity in children’s books. We’re thankful for her example, her warmth and devotion to Spanish-speaking immigrant families, the cuentos that she shared and how they will continue to inspire new voices and stories today.
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré was written by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar and published by HarperCollins.