Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

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Drawing of a woman and four children sitting on a stoop reading and flowers grow around them.

When she came to America in 1921, Pura carried the folk tales of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura's legacy. This portrait of the influential librarian, author, and puppeteer reminds us of the power of storytelling and the extraordinary woman who opened doors and championed bilingual literature. Winner of the Pura Belpré Author Honor Award.