Tucson Festival of Books

Juana Martinez-Neal (she/her/hers)



Jade Beall

Juana Martinez-Neal is the Peruvian-born daughter and granddaughter of painters. Her debut as an author-illustrator, "Alma and How She Got Her Name," was awarded a Caldecott Honor. She illustrated New York Times best-selling picture book "Tomatoes for Neela" by Padma Lakshmi; "Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story" by Kevin Noble Maillard, which won a Robert F. Sibert Medal; and "La Princesa and the Pea" by Susan M. Elya, for which she won a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. Martinez-Neal lives in Connecticut with her family. Her new picturebook is "I Don't Care."

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Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, Pura Belpré Award, Sibert Medal 2020, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Illustration Honor 2014, SCBWI Grand Prize Winner 2012, Ezra Jack Keats Award Writer Honor 2019

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx, Mixed Race


Scheduled events:
Illustrator Studio: Collaborative Drawing, Creativity, and Community
Caldecott Honorees Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal illustrate how creative projects can lead to more collaborative communities. The authors will demonstrate their process and lead attendees in a hands-on workshop that encourages participation in verbal, and visual collaboration. They will highlight their new co-illustrated book, "I Don't Care."

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Molly Idle, Juana Martinez-Neal
Moderator: Ray Martens
Making Connections: What Matters Most
Making connections with someone who matters in your life gives purpose and meaning to children's lives, despite the difficulties that come with changing relationships, whether those relationships are with the peers who share classroom space, a close friend, a beloved grandmother or someone to whom we owe an apology.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Molly Idle, David LaRochelle, Juana Martinez-Neal, Andrea Wang
Moderator: Jeanne Gilliam Fain
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 the audience.

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

Panelists: AG Ford, Molly Idle, Juana Martinez-Neal, Dan Yaccarino, Balint Zsako
Moderator: Adam Rex

Books:
I Don't Care
Children / Teens
Holiday House
November 2022
ISBN 9780823443451
40 pages

A Perfect Fit
How Lena Lane Bryant Changed the Shape of Fashion
Children / Teens
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
January 2022
ISBN 9780358125433
32 pages