Book Announcement: “Swashby and the Sea”



So much to be excited about in this announcement!

Beth Ferry‘s manuscript SWASHBY AND THE SEA is beyond beautiful, and I get to work with Kate O’Sullivan and the fine folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

I cannot wait to dive into this project!

La Princesa and the Pea announcement
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LA MADRE GOOSE: Cover Reveal and Pre-order Links



It’s official! I’m back to blogging.

With LA MADRE GOOSE being released on July 19th, and more books coming after that one, the blog will be the best place to stay updated with my publishing news. Come back often or subscribe to the blog (right).

Now to the reason of today’s post: I’m very proud of LA MADRE GOOSE, and can not wait for all of you to see the book!

Today I’m pleased to share the cover with the world!

If you’d like to reserve a copy, you’ll find pre-order links below. I hope you do :)



Changing Hands


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Book Announcement: ALMA



Cover Coming Soon

I’m excited to share fantastic news to start off 2016!

I’m over the moon, thrilled, elated to share the news that Candlewick will be publishing my first book as an author-illustrator. My picture book, entitled ALMA, will be out Spring 2018.

The book was announced in Publishers Weekly on December 17, 2015. Being so close to the Holidays, I decided to leave this post for my first post of 2016. Needless to say that it has been a fantastic Fall and Winter thanks to ALMA, my super-agent Stefanie, and the editors who so kindly shared their time and expertise during the process of finding the home for my first picture book as an author illustrator.

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Book Announcement: “La Princesa and the Pea”



I’m delighted to share that I’ll be working with Susan Kochan and Cecilia Yung once again on my next picture book! LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA by Susan Middleton Elya, will be coming from Penguin in 2017!

La Princesa and the Pea announcement

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LA MADRE GOOSE: Sneak Peek



So thrilled to share a sneak peek at an illustration from my first picture book with Penguin Young Readers, LA MADRE GOOSE. The illustrations will be leaving the studio soon. I can’t wait for this book to be out in the world!

LA MADRE GOOSE
G. P. Putman & Son’s
Penguin Random House
Summer 2016
Written by Susan Middleton Elya
Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Happy Spring!


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IBBY Honour List 2014 + Giveaway



IBBY 2014 Honour List

Last Monday (September 15), I woke up to the news that “Dana’s Trip” made the IBBY Honour List 2014 for Illustration. The diplomas were handed by the President during the IBBY International Congress held this year in Mexico City – September 10-13.

From IBBY’s Site: “The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honoring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. For the 2014 Honour List, 52 countries have sent 150 nominations in 39 different languages. Selected for the 2014 list are 57 entries in the category of Writing; 50 in the category Illustration; and 43 in the category Translation.”

You can see a timeline of how it all happens here, and a video with all the winners here. Go to 11:07 for “Dana’s Trip”! :)

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Book Announcement: “La Madre Goose”



Good news are to be shared with friends! And I can share with you all, that I’ll be illustrating LA MADRE GOOSE written by Susan Middleton Elya and published by G.P.Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin.

Like the PW’s announcement from last Thursday reads, LA MADRE GOOSE is a collection of poems with a sprinkling of Spanish. The book will be released Summer 2016. I can not wait for it to be out! :)

LA MADRE GOOSE announcement at Publisher's Weekly

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12 Months in 60 Seconds



Give me 60 seconds. I know you have them. I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to during these last 12 months. Ready? Here we go:

1 One More Chair. Yes, we added a high chair to our dining room, a crib to the bedroom, a bouncer to my studio and a stroller to the trunk of the car. Miss Eva came to us on February 6. We are happy to report, we are in love (Photo by Mel Bosna of Lulliloo Photography).

Miss Eva Victoria Neal

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KidLitArtists’ Interview



KidLidArtists

I have officially joined KidLitArtists and have a Welcome Interview on the blog. You can read it here: Welcome Juana Martinez-Neal!

KidLitArtists the home of the SCBWI LA Illustration Portfolio Mentorship Program Winners – winners of 2009, 2010 and 2011. The blog provides helpful information and news for children’s illustrators as well as updates about past and present Mentees. We post weekly and hope you can follow the group blog!

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Evolutions, Dissolutions and Resolutions



Evolutions, Dissolutions and Resolutions

This is the 2011-2012 recap post. I have divided it into 3 parts so it is easier to write and read because (reader be warned) it is long. Dissolutions and Evolutions go over what I have learned from the 365 days of 2011. Resolutions is a short list of what I hope to achieve during the 366 days of 2012. I hope you enjoy it!

1 Evolutions –
We are always learning and changing. What I got this past year may be too simple of steps for some people or maybe steps ahead for others. Either way, the most important thing is to learn something from the year that just ended. Here is my list of 2011 lessons:

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