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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

By: Anika Aldamuy Denise

Illustrator: Paola Escobar

When Pura Belpré came to America in 1921, she carried with her a passion for her homeland's folktales. She became a New York City librarian renowned for her story hours—and continued to share Puerto Rican folktales across the United States by turning them into books.

Author’s note. Selected bibliography. Further resources. Further reading. Stories by Pura Belpré mentioned in the book. Full-color digital illustrations created in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9780062748683

JLG Release: Mar 2019

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Pura Belpré (1899-1982) , New York Public Library employees , Biography , Women librarians , New York City , Twentieth-century American authors , Puerto Rican women , American literature , Puerto Rico , Immigrants , Folklore , Storytelling , Spanish language materials

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Awards & Honors

2020 Orbis Pictus Award Honor
SLJ Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2019
The Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction Books - 2019
Pura Belpré Author Award Honoree - 2020

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly

Book Details



First Release

March 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 860L


Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas



Pura Belpré (1899-1982), New York Public Library employees, Biography, Women librarians, New York City, Twentieth-century American authors, Puerto Rican women, American literature, Puerto Rico, Immigrants, Folklore, Storytelling, Spanish language materials,

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