Gibbs Smith

Lil' Libros: The Life of/La Vida de Pura (Bilingual Edition) • Board Book


Pura Belpré was born on February 2, 1899 in Cidra, Puerto Rico. A gifted puppeteer and storyteller, Belpré captivated millions of bilingual readers across New York City – and worldwide. Her children’s book, Perez y Martina, became the first Spanish language children’s book published by a mainstream U.S. press. She left such a lasting impact on the reading world and Latino community that the Pura Belpré Award is named to honor her legacy.


  • Authors: Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein

  • Illustrator: Citlali Reyes

  • Ages: 0-5