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What's in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from - and who she may one day be.

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all - and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

About the Author

Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal is a mixed media, traditional artist born in Lima, the capital of Peru. ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME, her debut picture book as an author illustrator, will be published in English and Spanish by Candlewick Press on April 10, 2018.

Juana is the illustrator of LA MADRE GOOSE (Putnam 2016) , and LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA (Putnam 2017) both written by Susan Middleton Elya, and SWASHBY AND THE SEA (HMH 2019) written by Beth Ferry.

Juana was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Illustration Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012.

Other clients include: Roaring Brook Press, Disney Press, Kalimat, Capstone Publishers, Nestle Hispanic, Childsplay, Babybug, and Ladybug magazine.

Juana now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her family.

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