Alicia Salazar

Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories by Annette Bay Pimentel and Magaly Morales

What are your favorite stories? Who told them to you? A parent? A grandparent?

The Picture Book of the Week is Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories, written by Annette Bay Pimental and illustrated by Magaly Morales.

About the Book:

Pura Belpré was a born storyteller who grew up, moved to New York City, and eventually worked at the New York Public Library. Her love of story gave her the courage to challenge the Library’s rule that all story time stories had to be from published books. By including oral traditions along with published books in her story time, she reshaped not only the library where she work, but libraries across the country as well.

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Writing Exercise for Kids:

Pura Belpré grew up listening to stories. Think about the stories you heard as a young child. Re-write that story from memory.

K-5 Writing Prompt Activity

K-5 Writing Prompt Activity SPANISH

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to

Happy writing!


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