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Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, by Anika Aldamuy Denise, Illustrated by Paola Escobar HarperCollins, 2019 Pura Belpré was New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian and champion of bilingual literature. She arrived in 1921, bringing the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland to the New York Public Library. There she turned her stories into books for the Spanish speaking population making the library accessible to them for the first time. Her legacy continues to benefit generations of children to this day.