Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Sohyun Meacham


Belpré Medal; People with disabilities in literature--History and criticism;


The Pura Belpré Award is one of the lesser known literary awards. Because other literary awards have been around longer and received a large amount of attention, there has been much research done over the other literary awards, including how the award books portray disabled characters within their pages. However, there is a lack of research about the portrayal of disability in books that have been awarded or honored by the Pura Belpré Award.

This paper will address the question of how many Pura Belpré Award winning books include prominent characters with disabilities and if they are portrayed positively or negatively in the books. This research will result in a close examination of the children’s literature that has won the Pura Belpré Award and detail how disability is shown or not shown. The findings will be used to assess whether or not these books serve the microculture of disability within the Latino community.

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University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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