Juana loves many things — drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juana’s abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning—one that Juana will need to speak English to go on—Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones — the hearts — of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake Juana Medina.
Rafi amazes Rosi with the magic he finds everywhere. He can move sand with his magic fingers. He can shoot stars from the sky. He can even find the smallest tree in the forest. Then one day Rafi’s pet hermit crab runs away. Now it’s Rosi’s turn to show that she knows where to look for magic too. Can she find the crab in time for them to watch it shed its shell?
Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the author and illustrator of multiple children’s books, including the chapter book series Juana & Lucas, winner of the prestigious Pura Belpré Award and two International Latino Book Awards. Juana’s passion for storytelling has led her to work on exciting projects with numerous clients, among them the Library of Congress, ESPN, and PBS, as well as publishers such as Candlewick Press, Chronicle Books, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Juana believes in the power of stories. As someone who never found herself represented in books as a child, Juana enjoys visiting schools and libraries around the country, encouraging children to read and find power in their own personal stories. Juana currently lives in Northern Virginia with her family.
Bilingual author illustrator Lulu Delacre was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her books have won the Pura Belpré Honor, the Orbis Pictus Honor, and made the New York Times Bestseller List. Her 42 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, in print for over 30 years, and Us in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos. She’s the illustrator of Turning Pages by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The RIF Champion of Literacy author’s latest title is Luci Soars. Lulu has exhibited at the Carle Museum, the Zimmerli Museum, and the Cato Institute among other venues. She loves to read, garden, cook, travel, visit with students, and learn new things.
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