Sembrando historias (Planting Stories): Pura Belpré, bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos (The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre)

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 cuentos folklóricos. 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 libros.
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: 9781400212644

JLG Release: Apr 2019

Language: Spanish
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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Book Details



First Release

April 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;


Level 860L


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Hardcover edition


HarperCollins Español

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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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