Join us for the live workshop on Thursday, April 26 with multi-award winning illustrator (and now author-illustrator) Juana Martinez-Neal.
Juana received the 2018 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration for her art for La Pincesa and the Pea, a beautiful indigenous Peruvian retelling of the European folktale written by Susan M. Elya (Putnam/Penguin.)
She's illustrated books for Candlewick Press, Roaring Brook Press, Penguin Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney Press and Macmillan. She paints with acrylics, colored pencils and graphite on handmade textured paper to create gorgeous textures and depth in her paintings.
No stranger to national recognition for her art, Juana won an SCBWI Illustrator Mentorship in 2011 and was the Grand Prize winner in the 2012 SCBWI LA Conference Portfolio Showcase. She was named a 2017 Society of Illustrators Original Art Featured Artist and named to the Honors List of the International Board on Books for Young People.
She also illustrates for various consumer children’s products and media including Disney, Nestle Hispanic, Babybug, and Ladybug magazines.
Last week Candlewick released her first picture book as an author-illustrator, ALMA and How She Got Her Name. (It has already picked up starred reviews in Publishers' Weekly, ALA Booklist, and School Library Journal.) Candlewick acquired the book in a seven publisher auction and is publishing in simultaneous English and Spanish-language editions, with Stefanie Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary Agency representing.
"The essence of ALMA, which has autobiographical elements is you are everyone who came before you and uniquely yourself," Juana writes.
Order your signed copies of Alma and How She Got Her Name from the Changing Hands indie bookstore in Phoenix,AZ.