Tucson Festival of Books

Joe Cepeda (he/him/his)


Sponsored by Dow Jazz Films

Joe Cepeda received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from California State University, Long Beach. He is the award-winning illustrator of more than 40 books for children such as "Rafa Counts on Papa" and "Mice and Beans." Cepeda has illustrated books written by numerous notable authors including Gary Soto, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Arnold Adoff, Monica Brown, Julius Lester and Toni Morrison. He's also illustrated book jackets for several titles, including "Esperanza Rising" and Newbery Medal winner, "Merci Suarez Changes Gears." Cepeda received an ALA 2002 Pura Belpré Honor Award and the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books and was awarded a Capstone Fellowship for 2016. His book, "I Hop," received a 2021 Theodore Geisel Honor award. Cepeda is sought after as a public speaker to schools and other groups. He is the president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. He lives in Southern California.

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Awards: Pura Belpre Honor, Geisel Honor

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx


Scheduled events:
Joe Cepeda Shares "Rafa Counts on Papa"
Enjoy a story read aloud by an author/illustrator as Joe Cepeda shares his new book, "Rafa Counts on Papa."

Story Blanket Tent (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Children

Panelist: Joe Cepeda
Moderator: Sherry Small
Every Word Counts: Authoring a Picturebook
Authors of picturebooks share their experiences and strategies in writing the text for a picturebook. Although picturebooks have a small number of words, writing brief but effective text can be difficult.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Cepeda, Michael Sampson, Phuc Tran, Dianne White
Moderator: Judi Moreillon
Illustrator Studio: Book Dummy to Final Art in a Picturebook
Joe Cepeda will share his process of moving from a book dummy to final art in a picturebook and his decisions about which books to paint traditionally in oils/acrylics and which to illustrate digitally. His picturebooks include "Rafa Counts on Papa," "I Help," "I Hop," and "Lupe Lopez: Reading Rock Star."

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Joe Cepeda
Moderator: Ray Martens
On Your Mark, Get Set, Draw: Illustrator Draw-Off
Join Adam Rex for a fun draw-off as illustrators compete to create quick drawings based on suggestions from Adam and the audience.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Cepeda, Lian Cho, Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard, LeUyen Pham, Brendan Wenzel, Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Adam Rex

Books:
I Help
Children
Holiday House
October 2023
ISBN 9780823453931
32 pages
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I Hop
Children
Holiday House
November 2021
ISBN 9780823448258
32 pages