Peruvian-born picture book maker living in Arizona
I’m Juana and I write and illustrate books for young readers.
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, and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story (written by Kevin Noble Maillard, Roaring Brook Press), winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal.
I was born in the busy city of Lima, the capital of Peru. Now I live in the United States in the state of Arizona. Here I share a home with my husband, two sons, daughter, two dogs (one ginormous, one miniscule), and the soul of our late cat, Kitty. Our home can get quite busy at times and we love it that way.
For interviews and publicity requests, write to my publicist at Candlewick Press–publicity(at)candlewick.com. For events and library and school presentations, contact The Author Village. For children’s books projects, contact Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary.
Nací y me crié en Lima y soy bilingüe. No duden en escribirme en español.
Hi there! I’m Juana and I’m a children’s book author illustrator.
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.
1. I love birds. 2. I was born and raised in Peru. 3. I like numbering things.
Publishers I have worked with
- Candlewick Press
- Roaring Brook Press
- Viking Children’s Books
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- G. P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR
- McGraw Hill
- Capstone Publisher