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Juana Medina

Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the illustrator of Smick! by Doreen Cronin and the author-illustrator of Juana & Lucas, One Big Salad, and ABC Pasta. She was awarded the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award for Juana & Lucas. The annual Pura Belpré Awards honor Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books.

Juana & Lucas received this starred review from Booklist: "Through this strong, adventurous, and smart female protagonist, Medina presents an extraordinary story about the many opportunities learning a new language can bring. Full-color illustrations provide excellent depictions of Juana’s life in Bogotá and allow readers to connect with her character and culture."

Juana Medina has studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and now teaches at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about Juana Medina on her website.

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