Pura Belpré was a wonderful storyteller. She shared the oral tradition of folk-telling from her grandmother. Pura was the first Puerto Rican and Latina librarian in the New York Public Library system.
Her documentary was shared the upper grades last Friday. The documentary was fifty minutes long. It described her life, her family, her colleagues, her goals, and her storytelling. She was especially fond of the folktale “Perez and Martina” which is known in several parts of the world.
The American Library Association pays tribute to her legacy by honoring an illustrator or writer of Latin decent with an award named in her memory.
Pura realized that folktales from her native land were missing from the library shelves and decided to make a difference. She wanted everyone to enjoy these stories. What will be your legacy?
Happy Easter everyone.