March 2022

Juana Martinez-Neal



Jade Beall

Juana Martinez-Neal is an illustrator of books for children, including the Pura Belpré Award winner "La Princesa and the Pea." She made her authorial debut in 2018 with "Alma and How She Got Her Name," awarded the Caldecott Honor. "Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story" written by Kevin Noble Maillard was awarded a Sibert medal. Her most recent book is "Zonia's Rain Forest," set in her native Peru. Martinez-Neal was born in Lima, Peru, where she grew up surrounded by amazing meals prepared by her mom and amazing paintings made by her dad and granddad. She now lives, eats and paints in Scottsdale, surrounded by her amazing children.

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Scheduled events:
Dreaming Big and Working Hard: Celebrations of Latin America
Celebrate the people of Latin America through three new books about an indigenous family in a Peruvian rainforest, the first indigenous archaeologist in Peru and a glimpse into lives of Latinitas throughout the Americás.

Helios Education Foundation Children/Teen Stage (Seats 1000)
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Children / Teens
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Panelists: Monica Brown, Juana Martinez-Neal, Juliet Menéndez
Moderator: Maria Acevedo
Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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