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Biography




Juana Martinez-Neal is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. Alma and How She Got Her Name and Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre, her first books as author-illustrator, were awarded a 2019 Caldecott Honor. She was born in Peru, and now lives in the Arizona with her family.

Juana Martinez-Neal is the recipient of the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration for La Princesa and the Pea (Putnam/Penguin 2017). Alma and How She Got Her Name and Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre (Candlewick 2018), her debut picture books as author-illustrator, were awarded a 2019 Caldecott Honor.

She was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012. She was born in Lima, the capital of Peru, and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and three children.

Juana Martinez-Neal is the recipient of the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration for La Princesa and the Pea (written by Susan M. Elya, Putnam/Penguin). Alma and How She Got Her Name and Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre (Candlewick 2018), her debut picture books as author-illustrator, were awarded a 2019 Caldecott Honor.

Juana is the illustrator of La Madre Goose (written by Susan M. Elya, Putnam/Penguin 2016), Babymoon (written by Hayley Barrett, Candlewick 2019), Fry Bread (written by Kevin Noble, Roaring Brook Press 2019), and Swashby and the Sea (written by Beth Ferry, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2020).

Juana was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012. She was born in Lima, the capital of Peru, and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and three children.

 



Author Photos




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Photo of author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal

Photo of author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal


Photo of author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal

Photo of author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal



 



Books: Covers and Information



Alma and How She Got Her Name

Cover of Alma and How She Got Her Name

  • Publisher:
    Candlewick Press
  • Release Date:
    April 10, 2018
  • Author:
    Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Illustrator:
    Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Age Level:
    4-8, 32 pages
  • ISBN:
    978-0-7636-9355-8


★ 2019 Caldecott Honor
★ 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Writer Honor

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

Awards, reviews, pull quotes and more information along with activities based on Alma and How She Got Her Name can be found here.

 



Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre

Cover of Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre

  • Publisher:
    Candlewick Press
  • Release Date:
    April 10, 2018
  • Author:
    Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Illustrator:
    Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Age Level:
    4-8, 32 pages
  • ISBN:
    978-0-7636-9358-9


★ 2019 Caldecott Honor

¿Cómo terminó Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela con un nombre tan largo? Mientras Papi le cuenta la historia de cada uno de sus nombres, Alma comienza a sentir cómo cabe perfectamente en ellos.

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be. Spanish language edition!

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! Just think of how hard it is to fit them all on the back of a little photo. How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin or name story.

Awards, reviews, pull quotes and more information along with activities based on Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre can be found here.

 



La Princesa and the Pea

Cover of La Princesa and the Pea

  • Publisher:
    Putnam
  • Release Date:
    September 5, 2017
  • Author:
    Susan Middleton Elya
  • Illustrator:
    Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Age Level:
    4-8, 32 pages
  • ISBN ISBN:
    978-0-399-25156-6


★ 2018 Pura Belpré Winner for Illustration

The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling, winner of the Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration.

El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree.

The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa, but the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too . . .

Readers will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant art inspired by the culture of Peru.

Reviews, pull quotes and more information along with activities based on La Princesa and the Pea can be found here.

 



La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for los Niños

Cover of La Madre Goose

  • Publisher:
    Putnam
  • Release Date:
    July 19, 2016
  • Author:
    Susan Middleton Elya
  • Illustrator:
    Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Age Level:
    4-8, 32 pages
  • ISBN:
    978-0-399-25157-3


Classic favorites get a modern Latino twist

The itsy arañita
climbed up the water spout.
Down came la lluvia
and washed la araña out.

Classic Mother Goose rhymes get a Latino twist in this cozy collection. From young Juan Ramón sitting in el rincón to three little gatitos who lost their mitoncitos, readers will be delighted to see familiar characters in vibrant, luminous scenes brimming with fanciful details.

La Madre Goose will make a playful multicultural addition to every modern bookshelf.

Reviews, pull quotes and more information along with activities based on La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for los Niños can be found here.

 



Babymoon

Cover of Babymoon

  • Publisher:
    Candlewick Press
  • Release Date:
    April 2, 2019
  • Author:
    Hayley Barrett
  • Illustrator:
    Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Age Level:
    2-5, 32 pages
  • ISBN:
    978-0-763-68852-3


In a perfect gift for new and expectant parents (and siblings), a gentle story pays tribute to the wonder and emotion of a family’s first quiet days with a newborn.

The house is hushed. The lights are low.
We’re basking in a newborn glow.

Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term “babymoon” is often used to refer to a parents’ getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding. Paired with warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, Hayley Barrett’s lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere.

Reviews, pull quotes and more information on Babymoon can be found here.

 



Fry Bread: A Native American Family Tradition

Cover of Fry Bread

  • Publisher:
    Roaring Brook Press
  • Release Date:
    October 22, 2019
  • Author:
    Kevin Maillard Noble
  • Illustrator:
    Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Age Level:
    3-6, 40 pages
  • ISBN:
    978-1-626-72746-5


Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

 



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