Drawn from Life
with Juana Martinez-Neal
Let real life inspire your picture books!
In this dynamic, in-depth webinar, Juana Martinez-Neal discusses her books, and shares how she draws inspiration from life to create compelling characters and stories. Join us for a behind-the-scenes journey through Juana's art and stories as she reveals the intention behind her illustration and text choices.
"One of the best webinars!! Love seeing the process and your beautiful illustrations!!"
- Gabrielle Slivoski
Juana Martinez-Neal is the recipient of the 2019 Caldecott Honor for Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press), her debut picture book as author-illustrator. She also the recipient of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal for Fry Bread: A Native American Story (Roaring Brook) and the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration for La Princesa and the Pea (Putnam)
Juana was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012. She was born in Lima, the capital of Peru, and now lives in Connecticut, with her husband and three children.
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"Thank you, Juana, you are an amazing inspiration! You’ve refilled my well."
- Nadine Takvorian
"This was truly one of the best webinars I’ve seen—I love how her stories and art process developed together. Thank you!"