2021 Youth Book Prize for Social Justice: Winner Announced
THE 2021 YOUTH BOOK PRIZE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE WINNER ANNOUNCED
BY GODDARD RIVERSIDE AND CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL
Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories, by Annette Bay Pimentel; illus. Magaly Morales (Abrams Books For Young Readers) has won the 2021 Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice. The book captures the exuberant spirit and passion of Pura Belpré: celebrated storyteller, author and folklorist, and the first Latina librarian in New York City. A pioneer of bilingual storytimes, Belpré welcomed countless new families to the library, formed cultural bridges in her community, and broke the rules by telling stories that weren’t printed in books—at least, not yet.
Annette recorded a wonderful acceptance video for the Goddard Gala announcement.
The judges for the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice are Beth Puffer, a longtime bookseller at Eeyore’s Books for Children and Bank Street Bookstore, and CBC Intern Nick Rodriguez, who is also a poet and indie coffee shop manager.
We also want to congratulate the fantastic books that were shortlisted for the award!
Goddard Riverside strives toward a fair and just society where all people can make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families. Goddard serves more than 20,000 New Yorkers each year with programs including Early Childhood Education, After School, employment support, college access, youth programs, homeless outreach, Senior Centers, and legal assistance.