Children’s Author Virtual Visit – Juana Martinez-Neal Friday, Nov. 20

Registration is still open for a virtual author visit with award-winning children’s author and illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal for presentation from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, November 20, via Zoom, hosted by the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County .

The virtual program is free, but registration is required. Follow the link on the Library’s homepage,,  to the registration page and complete the form; registration will be available up to the event. A link to the virtual program will be emailed to registrants.

The author visit celebrates Summer Discovery participants and brightens the fall/winter seasons. The Library had hoped to have the author in person this summer, but could not due to the pandemic. Ms. Martinez-Neal is the author of “Alma and How She Got Her Name,” which won a 2019 Caldecott Award Honor, a Sibert Medal and a Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration.

From her website

“I’m Juana and I write and illustrate books for young readers.

“Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press) was my debut picture book as an author-illustrator, and was awarded the 2019 Caldecott Honor. I am also the illustrator of La Princesa and the Pea (written by Susan M. Elya, Putnam/Penguin), winner of the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration, and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story (written by Kevin Noble Maillard, Roaring Brook Press), winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal.

“I was born in the busy city of Lima, the capital of Peru. Now I live in the United States in the state of Arizona. Here I share a home with my husband, two sons, daughter, two dogs (one ginormous, one miniscule), and the soul of our late cat, Kitty. Our home can get quite busy at times and I love it.”

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