Author and illustrator Juana Medina has written many beloved picture books as well as two early chapter books featuring a young Colombian child, Juana, and her furry amigo Lucas. We are pleased to welcome Juana Medina as a headlining presenter at this year’s BBF and as a special guest at the Rafael Hernández two-way bilingual school as part of our Shelf Help partnership. In this session, Medina will introduce attendees to her characters and read a chapter from her latest book. Donations received in conjunction with this session will support the library collection at the Rafael Hernández School.
Storytime: Juana Medina [pre-recorded]
Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the author-illustrator of the Pura Belpré Award–winning chapter book Juana & Lucas. She also wrote and illustrated Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas, 1 Big Salad, ABC Pasta, and Sweet Shapes, and is the illustrator for many others. Medina has been honored by the National Cartoonists Society, the International Latino Book Awards, the National Headliner Award, and even the Colombian Presidency, to name a few. She currently teaches at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University and lives in the DC area with her wife and their twin sons.