Ladybug Nominee

Alma and How She Got Her Name
Author/Illustrator:  Juana Martinez-Neal 
ISBN: 978-0763693558
Publisher: Candlewick (April 10, 2018)

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells a vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.  In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own name or origin story. 

About Juana Martinez-Neal

Interview with Author: https://youtu.be/xvuuoGzrR0s 
Illustration demo: https://youtu.be/YBu3Ci5qsR4

Big Ideas: Identity, Connections and Individuality


Vocabulary: Fits, Plazas


Companion Titles:

  • Who’s in My Family?: All About Our Families by Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott (Candlewick, 2012)
  • Why am I Me? words by Paige Britt; pictures by Sean Qualls and Selina Aiko (Scholastic Press, 2017)
  • Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers; illustrated by Christopher Myers (Egmont USA, 2009)
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (Knopf, 2001)
  • My Name is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?  story by Jennifer Fosberry; pictures by Mike Litwin (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2010)
  • Only One You by Linda Kranz (Rising Moon, 2006)
  • You Be You by Linda Kranz (Taylor Trade Pub., 2011)
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 1991)
This is one of ten titles nominated for the 2019 Ladybug Picture Book Award. This info sheet post was created by Deborah Dutcher, Youth and Adult Services Librarian, NHSL and Karen Landsman,  Library Media/Tech Integration Specialist, Hooksett School District.

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