We look forward to hosting NoNieqa Ramos and Jacqueline Alcántara, the author and illustrator, respectively, of YOUR MAMA, in conversation with author Brittany Thurman. YOUR MAMA is a wonderful picture book that "twists an old joke into a point of pride that honors the love, hard work, and dedication of mamas everywhere." Learn about the process of writing and illustrating a picture book and more. We hear there may even be some yoga involved!
NoNieqa Ramos is an educator who wrote The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection and an In the Margins Award Top Ten pick. Her debut picture book, Your Mama, earned three starred reviews. She is a proud member of Las Musas, the Soaring 20s, and PB Debut Troupe 21. She lives in Virginia with her family.
Jacqueline Alcántara is a freelance illustrator and artist who spends her days drawing, writing and globe-trotting with her dog Possum. She is particularly excited about promoting inclusiveness and diversity in children’s literature and the illustration field in general. Her debut picture book, The Field, written by Baptiste Paul, was named a Best Book of 2018 by School Library Journal, Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Freedom Soup, written by Tami Charles, has been named a Kids IndieNext Pick, a Kirkus Best Book of 2019, and has received four starred reviews! Jacqueline lives in Chicago, Illinois.