About



Children's Author Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal

Photo by Jade Beall

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

I am the illustrator of “La Madre Goose” and “La Princesa and the Pea” (written by Susan M. Elya, Putnam/Penguin). I paint with acrylics, colored pencils and graphite on handmade textured paper to create textures and depth in my paintings.

“Alma and How She Got Her Name”, my author illustrator debut, will be published by Candlewick Press in April 2018. 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 will publish 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, puppy, and the soul of our late 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—which sadly I don’t update as often.

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 not available for school and library visits for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year.

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


Awards & Recognitions:

  • 2019 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Title – “Alma and How She Got Her Name”
  • 2018 Pura Belpré Medal Award for Illustration – “La Princesa and the Pea”
  • 2014 IBBY Honour List Illustration – “Dana’s Trip”
  • 2012 SCBWI LA Conference Portfolio Showcase – Grand Prize Winner
  • 2011 SCBWI Illustrator Mentorship

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