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From the Sketchbook, Children’s Book Week Edition: Juana Martinez-Neal

In this special edition of our weekly series we invite you to take a look at a beautiful original sketch for our Children’s Book Week 100th anniversary collaborative poster!

Created by award winning author/illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal, this sketch became one of the 12 panels which pay tribute to our 100th anniversary and this year’s slogan, Read Now ● Read Forever.

“This year’s theme—Read Now ● Read Forever.—made me think of Alma, her family, and their stories. I drew Alma and her dad reading with all their relatives listening to show how Alma is now in charge of passing along her family’s stories, which are being told now and will continue forever.” —Juana Martinez-Neal

Four of the twelve panels have been revealed so far. See them here!

About Juana Martinez-Neal
Juana Martinez-Neal was awarded the 2019 Caldecott Honor and Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for her author-illustrator debut Alma and How She Got Her Name. She also illustrates books for children, including Pura Belpré Award winner La Princesa and the Pea and two new 2019 picture books Babymoon and Fry Bread. Juana was born in Lima, the capital of Peru, and now lives in Arizona.
Visit her at juanamartinezneal.com.
@juanamartinez (Twitter), @juanamartinezn (Instagram), Facebook

About the Collaborative Poster
In celebration of the centennial of Children’s Book Week, 12 beloved children’s book illustrators have contributed their beautiful artwork inspired by our 2019 theme, Read Now ● Read Forever. A new panel of the poster will be revealed each month of 2019. You can see all the panels revealed so far and learn more about the contributing artists at EveryChildaReader.net!

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