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Episode 8
August 20, 2021

Zonia’s Rainforest: A Conversation with Peruvian Author-Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal

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 and was published in Spanish as Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre. She also illustrated La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, for which she won a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, which won a Robert F. Sibert Medal. Juana Martinez-Neal lives in Connecticut with her family.

Learn more about Juana and her work by visiting her website:

Books mentioned in this episode:

Zonia’s Rain Forest

Tomatoes for Neela

Alma and How She Got Her Name