About



Children's Author Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal

Photo by Jade Beall

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

“Alma and How She Got Her Name” (Candlewick Press) was my debut picture book as an author-illustrator, and was awarded the 2019 Caldecott Honor. I am also the illustrator of “La Princesa and the Pea” (written by Susan M. Elya, Putnam/Penguin), winner of the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration.

The essence of ALMA, which has autobiographical elements, is “we are everyone that came before us, and at the same time, we are uniquely ourselves.” Candlewick Press acquired the book in a seven publisher auction and published in simultaneous English-and Spanish-language editions.

I was born in Lima, the capital of Peru, and now live in Scottsdale, Arizona, with my husband, two sons, daughter, ginormous dog, Puppy, and the soul of our late cat, Kitty.

You can follow me on twitter and instagram to keep up to date with my latest work or you can subscribe to my blog (and hope that I blog).

For interviews, events or publicity requests, please send a message to my publicist at Candlewick Press at publicity(at)candlewick.com. Due to my schedule, I am booking school and library visits for 2020 or later. If you are interested in booking me then, email me.

I am represented by Stefanie Sanchez 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
  • Nestlé USA
  • Capstone Publishers
  • Macmillan
  • Kalimat


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