Events



Books by Juana Martinez-Neal

Photo by Jade Beall

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019
    Tucson, AZ


    "Tucson Festival of Books" is held at the University of Arizona, located at 1430 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85721. For more information visit: tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

    Signings and Events
    Sunday, March 3rd
    10:00 - 11:00 am Panel: “Gentle Stories about Hope and Connection”
    Education Room 353
    Moderator: Hilary Tabar
    Panelists: Zoey Abbott, Finn’s Feather (Enchanted Lion Books); James Howe, Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster (Candlewick Press); Molly Idle, Pearl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers); Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press)
    In a hectic world, books that provide quiet, gentle stories for young children offer connection in ways that ground their lives and provide hope for their futures.

    11:00 - 11:25 am Book signing to follow
    Children / Teen Signing Area

    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Storytime: Alma and How She Got Her Name
    Story Blanket Tent
    Enjoy a story read by an author as Juana Martinez-Neal shares her book Alma and How She Got Her Name.
    An informal signing will happen at the end of the story, right on the blanket.

    2:30 - 3:30 pm Illustrator Studio: “Mixed Media Demonstration”
    Education Room 437
    Moderator: Ray Martens
    Panelists: Juana Martinez-Neal
    Follow along as Juana Martinez-Neal shares the technique she uses to create the artwork of books like Alma and How She Got Her Name and La Princesa and the Pea. Matinez-Neal will demonstrate her creative process from idea to finished book with the help of slides and some live demonstrations, including her use of transfers.

    3:30 - 3:50 pm Book signing to follow
    Children / Teen Signing Area

    4:00 - 5:00 pm Draw-Off: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw”
    Education Kiva 211
    Moderator: Adam Rex
    Panelists: Molly Idle, Pearl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers); Suzanne Kaufman, All Are Welcome (Knopf Books for Young Readers); Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press); Zeke Peña, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Harry N. Abrams); Booki Vivat, Frazzled #3: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties (HarperCollins)
    This interactive session is a competition between illustrators to complete a drawing that incorporates suggestions from the audience.

    5:00 - 5:30 pm Book signing to follow
    Children / Teen Signing Area

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019
    Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019
    Reno, NV

    The Reading Week Conference has a long history in Northern Nevada. This year, UNR was asked to take responsibility for the conference. We are excited to share our vision of the Reading Week Conference, now a symposium. Our goals are to provide participants with exceptional professionals who will stir their imagination, open up the venue for conversation, and extend the community to all professionals supporting literacy.

    The Reading Week Conference is held at the Univeristy of Nevada, Reno. Registration is required. For more information and to register for the event, please visit: unr.edu/education/reading-week-reimagined

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019
    5:30 pmNew York, NY

    Join me for an Author Storytime at Bank Street Bookstore. I'll be reading Babymoon (Candlewick, written by Hayley Barrett) to celebrate it's release. A signing will follow.

    Bank Street Bookstore is located at 2780 Broadway (at West 107th Street) in New York, NY. For more info visit the event page on their website.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019
    New York, NY

    The Color of Children's Literature Conference

    Join us at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan as we prepare to honor Walter Dean Myers' legacy with a conference that celebrates and supports our voices, our stories, our truth. Kweli's spring conference is an excellent opportunity for Indigenous and POC writers and illustrators to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry.

    Early Bird Registration is open now and ends on November 15th! REGISTER NOW

    For more information, please visit The Color of Childrens Literature Conference.

    Panels and Events
    Saturday, April 6
    9:15 – 10:00 am
    C. Illustrated Books and Nonfiction Track
    Picture This
    Three internationally recognized illustrators and one photographer talk about their distinct approach to telling powerful stories with an arsenal of 2B pencils, oil paint, and a sharp camera eye. Featuring: Rafael Lopez, EB Lewis, Juana Martinez-Neal, Neela Vaswani; moderated by Jasmin Rubero.

    10:15 – 11:00 am
    C. Illustrated Books and Nonfiction Track
    Trusting the Process: Picture Book Writers & Illustrators
    Featuring: Carole Lindstrom & Michaela Goade, Kevin Mailliard & Juana Martinez-Neal and Andrea Loney; moderated by Connie Hsu.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019
    11:00 amPhoenix, Arizona

    Changing Hands has partnered with The Newton—home of our Phoenix store and First Draft Book Bar—to celebrate Children's Book Week and Indie Bookstore Day by featuring artwork from local illustrators, including Lynne Avril (Amelia Bedelia: Under the Weather), Caldecott Honor Winner Molly Idle (Pearl), Stevie Lewis (Lost in the Library), Caldecott Honor Winner Juana Martinez-Neal (Babymoon) and Mikela Prevost (Let's Have a Dog Party).

    The exhibit will be up for the month of May, with a family friendly illustrator reception on Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 12pm.

    PARKING / LIGHT RAIL
    Don't want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

    Changing Hands Bookstore is located at 300 W Camelback in Phoenix, Arizona. For more info visit: changinghands.com

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019
    Tempe, Arizona

    El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros is a national day of tribute to children, literacy, and culture most often celebrated through local events in Southwestern communities. It is a celebration of children and the importance of advocating literacy for youth of every language and every ethnic background.

    The purpose of the event is to create a space for elementary and high school students to partake in a variety of multicultural and multilingual literacy-based reading and writing activities, while enjoying stories from their favorite storytellers and authors. This is a true celebration of culture, language, and literacy.

    The Department of English presents the Ninth Annual Día De Los Niños / Día De Los Libros celebration of kids, language, and culture. Special guests include Duncan Tonatiuh (keynote), Austin Aslan, Ryan Dalton, Tom Leveen, Juana Martinez-Neal, Amy Nichols, Aprilynne Pike, Amy Nichols, and Reyna Grande.

    The event is for kids in 6-12th grades and attendees must be sponsored by their schools (teachers must register and accompany their students).

    More details to come.

  • Thu
    20
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019
    Washington, DC

    ALA, the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer. As the world's biggest library event, the conference brings together librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries.

    ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held from Thursday, June 20 through Tuesday, June 25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC. For more information, visit 2019.alaannual.org

    Conference Panels and Events
    ALSC Preconference: Celebrate the 2019 ALSC Honor Books
    Join us in conversation with authors, illustrators, and publishers as we celebrate and explore the 2019 Batchelder, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, Pura Belpré, and Sibert Honor Books. The ALSC Preconference will be held at Washington Hilton, International Ballroom East at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.

    Friday, June 21
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Welcome & Introductions

    12:30 – 1:15 pm
    Lunch with Creators
    One author per table around the room for casual conversation with participants.

    1:30 – 2:30 pm
    Author Panel “Who am I?”
    “Who am I?” is the question that defines our relationships with others. Juana Martinez-Neal, David Bowles, Leo Espinosa, Claudia Bedrick, and Catherine Gilbert Murdock discuss identity exploration and formation and how their books model the process for young readers.

    2:45 – 4:00 pm
    Pictionary
    Join this year’s honor illustrators for a lighthearted round of off-the-cuff art.

    Saturday, June 22
    4:00 – 4:30 pm
    Signing
    Signing early copies of "Fry Bread" at Macmillan - Booth 1504-1505.

    Sunday, June 23
    2:00 – 3:00 pm
    Signing
    Signing at the Candlewick - Booth 1448.

    7:00 – 10:00 pm
    Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet
    The Banquet will be held at Marriott Marquis – Marquis Ballroom, located at 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

    10:00 – 11:00 pm
    Receiving Line

  • Fri
    09
    Aug
    2019
    Mon
    12
    Aug
    2019
    Los Angeles, CA

    Registration for the Summer Conference opens Thursday, April 25 at 10am PST. Register for a weekend of keynote presentations; industry panels; manuscript, portfolio and social media consultations; craft and business-related breakout sessions; and optional full-day intensives for writers, illustrators, and published authors.

    Once again, the Conference will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s lineup features keynotes from some of the most renowned names in children's literature, including Mem Fox, Meg Medina, Renée Watson, Christian Robinson, Yuyi Morales, and Raúl the Third. Six mainstage panels featuring authors, illustrators, editors, and agents, as well as 72 breakout sessions round out the spectacular program.

    A full day of sought-after intensives will be offered on Monday, August, 12.

    Conference Panels and Events
    Saturday, August 10
    10:00 – 11:00 am
    Author Panel: Birth of a Picture Book
    Main Stage
    Alice Faye Duncan, Suzanne Kaufman, Corinna Luyken, and Juana Martinez-Neal moderated by Melissa Manlove

    Sunday, August 11
    2:45 – 3:45 pm
    Drawing from Life Experience to Create Compelling Picture Books
    Breakout Session
    Juana shares how she uses family experiences to write and illustrate picture books.

    Illustrators Intensive
    Monday, August 12
    11:30 – 12:30 am
    Balancing Act: Life+Work
    Walking the Tightrope of Gutter Cleaning, Deadlines, PT Meetings, Promotion, Aging Parents,... and Art

    Monday, August 12
    4:30 – 5:30 pm
    Panel: Parting Words
    Corinna Luyken, Ben Clanton, Juana Martinez-Neal and Christian Robinson moderated by Peter Brown

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019
    Sun
    29
    Sep
    2019
    Honesdale, PA

    You’ve launched your career – now what? Discuss, dissect, collaborate, and grow.

    This workshop is for published authors and illustrators to have time to talk about their careers, challenges, deadlines, and upcoming projects. With this workshop, we are aiming for meaningful conversation about how to continue to push the boundaries of our work. How do we acknowledge the power of our recurring themes and at the same time find ways to break new ground and find innovation?

    Please note that there is an application process for this workshop.
    After you register and pay your $200 deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the application you will need to fill out.

    Authors and illustrators interested in this retreat must list the following when applying:
    - Two or more titles of your own published work.
    - A short paragraph indicating ways in which you hope to grow as a writer or illustrator.

    The application deadline is July 1, 2019. Decisions will be made soon after the application deadline.

    Faculty: Jennifer Jacobson, Nikki Grimes, Juana Martinez-Neal, Gareth Hinds, Padma Venkatraman, Neal Porter and Kathleen Merz.

    For more information and to sign up for the workshop, please visit the Highlights Foundation's Workshop event page.

  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019
    5:00 pmNew York, NY

    Art Auction Artist

    The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala and Art Auction is held in New York City. At the heart of the Honors are four awards celebrating individuals whose creative vision and dedication are an inspiration to everyone who values picture books and their role in arts education and literacy.

    The Carle Honors Art Auction, a key fundraiser for the event, features original works of art donated by some of the industry’s most celebrated artists. Bids can be place online in advance of the event, or in-real time that night on-site or via absentee bids. The auction ends at 9:00 sharp!

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be held at Guastavino's, located at 409 East 59th Street, New York, NY. For more information about the event and to reserve tickets, visit carlemuseum.org/carle-honors.

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019
    6:30 pmTucson, AZ

    WOW at University of Arizona
    WOW at University of Arizona

    Transformations of Culture and Image through Picturebooks

    6:30 - 7:30 pm Text Sets and Invitations around Transformation
    7:30 - 8:30 pm Juana Martinez-Neal
    8:30 - 9:00 pm Autographing, Conversation and Snacks

    Juana Martinez-Neal is an illustrator and author who was born in Lima, Peru, and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, two sons, daughter, and puppies. She paints with acrylics, colored pencils, and graphite on handmade papers to create textures and depth in her paintings. She illustrates for other authors, including La Princesa and the Pea, which won the 2018 Pura Belpré medal for illustration, and her newest book, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. Her author/illustrator debut, Alma and How She Got Her Name, won a 2019 Caldecott Honor, and is based on her own story about how our identities are unique as well as embedded in our families.

    The World of Words Mini-Conference will be held at Worlds of Words in Room 453 in the College of Education of the University of Arizona -- 1430 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85721.

    The World of Words Mini-Conference is for Undergraduate students of the Department of Education - University of Arizona.

  • Sat
    02
    Nov
    2019
    11:00 amArlington, TX

    I'll be part of the Día de los Muertos Celebration events at City Center Branch of the Arlington Public Library. Join us to talk about names and our families while we work on some activities together! Everyone is welcome to this free event!

    The City Center Branch is located at 100 South Center Street in Arlington, Texas 76010. More info: Dia de los Muertos Celebration

  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019
    Buffalo, NY

    Buffalo’s premier literary event for children is composed of two parts: KidsLit Week, and EXPO Saturday and is FREE to the public.

    During KidsLit Week, internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and other cultural venues. The visits, scheduled Monday, 11/4/19 – Friday, 11/8/19, aim at inspiring a love of books in students grades pre-K through middle school.

    EXPO Saturday on Saturday November 9, 2019 is a day-long showcase of new and beloved books written for kids. Here, authors interact directly with children through readings, book-signings, presentations and demonstrations. Educators too have a niche at EXPO Saturday. A four-hour, NYS-approved CTLE Workshop is held annually before the Expo opens to the public. Here, registered educators have the opportunity to interact with a panel of authors/illustrators featured at this year’s Expo as well as current trends in education. We hosted 127 educators from across Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. The workshop received excellent reviews from both the educators and the panel participants.

    The WNY Children's Book Expo is held at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center located at 153 Franklin Street in Buffalo, New York. For more info, visit: wnycbe.com

  • Wed
    13
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    04
    Jan
    2020
    New York, NY

    Art from "Babymoon" and "Fry Bread"

    Founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases original art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors.

    Selected books, medal recipients, and award winners will be recognized and honored during the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, held at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, NYC), on Thursday, November 14, beginning at 6:00 pm. A full list of featured artists can be found here.

    For more info visit: societyillustrators.org/original-art-2019-exhibit

  • Sat
    30
    Nov
    2019
    11:30 amPhoenix, AZ

    Each Saturday in November, Children’s Museum of Phoenix is having guest readers (authors, illustrators, etc.) join us to read to the museum's patrons. Juana will join us Saturday, November 30th. She will be reading Alma and How She Got Her Name and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story.

    Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N 7th St in Phoenix, AZ 85034. For more info call 602-253-0501 or visit childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

  • Sat
    14
    Dec
    2019
    Sun
    10
    May
    2020
    Amherst, MA

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will honor childhood creativity and the art of illustrated literature in the upcoming exhibition Now and Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art.

    Will you grow up to be an artist? Co-curators Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka honor childhood creativity in the exhibition Now & Then, in which they display artists’ childhood drawings next to their published illustrations. The pairings inspire young visitors to make connections to their current creations—and future potential. In addition to Grace and Jarrett, the featured artists are Cece Bell, Nidhi Chanani, Jason Chin, Eric Fan and Terry Fan, Julie Flett, Jeff Kinney, Elisa Kleven, Barbara Lehman, Rafael López, Oge Mora, Juana Martinez-Neal, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, Evan Turk, and Tillie Walden.

    This exhibit will be featured in The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s Central Gallery from December 14, 2019 through May 10, 2020. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is located at 125 West Bay Road in Amherst, MA 01002. For more information visit carlemuseum.org.

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