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Juana Martinez-Neal is a mixed media, traditional artist born in Lima, the capital of Peru. ALMA, her debut picture book as an author-illustrator, will be published by Candlewick Press in Spring 2018.
Juana is the illustrator of LA MADRE GOOSE (Putnam 2016), and LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA (Putnam 2017) both written by Susan Middleton Elya, and SWASHBY AND THE SEA (HMH 2018) written by Beth Ferry.
She was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Illustration Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012.
Juana now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her family.
Molly Idle has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil. But while she started scribbling before she could walk, her professional career as an artist began slightly later…It was upon her graduation from Arizona State University, with a BFA in Drawing, that Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios. After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly good time, she left the studio and leaped with gusto into the world of children’s book illustration!
Molly now lives in Arizona with her brilliant husband, two wonderfully mischievous sons, and two snuggly cats. When not making mischief with her boys or watching old Technicolor musicals, she can be found at her desk scribbling away, with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other- creating a plethora of profoundly whimsical picture books!