LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA: Updates



"La Princesa and the Pea"

Much has happened since I last posted here but little has been blogged about. With that in mind, some changes have been made, and I’m integrating my instagram account with the blog -since I’m a bit more active there –@juanamartinezn But do not fret, instagram post will be also posted here. No need to open an instagram account.

With that out of the way, let’s move on to “La Princesa and the Pea” and the updates I have to share about the book. Ready? Here we go:

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LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA: Cover Reveal and Pre-order Links



I’m excited for everyone to see LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA, and I’m happy to share its cover! Release date: September 5th, 2017.

I got a chance to read the story for the first time during my school visit to Hancock Elementary (Chandler) two weeks ago, and then again at my workshop at ASU’s Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros last week. The guys loved the story!

Following the links below you can pre-order your copy and save to your Goodreads.



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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 :)



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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.

Alma
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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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A Cover for SCBWI Bulletin



I was asked to work on the cover of SCBWI Bulletin for their September-October 2013 issue.

The only requirement was to include a kite on the illustration. I wanted to illustrate the kite as a main element in the composition instead of it just being… well, a kite.

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SCBWI Bulletin September-October 2013

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Mentee Portfolio vs. Grand Prize Winner Portfolio



Children's Illustrator Portfolio Header

Hi again! The Craft of Portfolio Making – Post #2 is here!

Last week, we worked on putting together your brand new Physical Portfolio on the post “How to Put a Children’s Illustrator Portfolio Together”. Today, I will try to expand on what we briefly touched on Image Selection and Flow & Continuity on last week’s post while sharing my 2011 and 2012 Portfolios.

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