Children's Author Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal

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Hi there! I’m Juana and I’m an author illustrator.

I was born in Lima, the capital of Peru. I’ve been illustrating for children since I was 16. Education is a must so I attended the best art school ever, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – School of Fine Arts. After 3 years of a crazy 8-to-8 schedule and way too many all-nighters, I was in desperate need of a semester-break and decided to give L.A. a “test drive.” I have lived in the US ever since.

“Alma and How She Got Her Name”, my debut picture book as an author illustrator, will be published in both English and Spanish by Candlewick Press on April 10, 2018.

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I do school visits and presentations year round. If you are interested in having me at your school or event, please email me directly.

I am represented by Stefanie Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary.

Se habla español.

Children's Author Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal

Photos by Stephanie Studer

Selected Client List:

  • Candlewick Press
  • Roaring Brook Press
  • Penguin Random House
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Disney Press
  • McGraw Hill
  • Nestle Hispanic

  • Capstone Publishers
  • Macmillan
  • Kalimat
  • Babybug Magazine
  • Ladybug Magazine
  • Storytime Magazine
  • Childsplay Theater

Awards & Recognitions:

  • 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards National – Children’s Picture Books (7 & under) – Bronze Medal – “The Night Before My Birthday”
  • 2014 IBBY Honour List Illustration – “Dana’s Trip”
  • 2013 Best Books – Atlanta Parent – “The Night Before My Birthday”
  • 2012 SCBWI LA Conference Portfolio Showcase – Grand Prize Winner
  • 2011 SCBWI Illustrator Mentorship

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