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Saturday, September 13 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Margarita Engle & Rafael Lopez: Reconnecting Children to Nature with the Word and the Image FREE ADMISSION

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Margarita Engle: Reconnecting Children to Nature with the Word, Newberry Award Winner, 1st-and only- Hispanic to win; & Rafael Lopez Reconnecting Children to Nature with Illustration; celebrated Latino children book illustrator Rafael teams up for a session honoring Margarita’s contributions and showcasing TWELVE TOP Books: Silver People (Raúl Colón) The Wild Book (Yuyi Morales). Drum Dream Girl (Rafael López, March, 2015). The Surrender Tree (Edel Rodríguez, a bilingual edition), Enchanted Air (Edel Rodríguez) Hurricane Dancers, Mountain Dog, When You Wander, a Search and Rescue Dog Story, Summer Birds, the Butterflies of Maria Merian, Orangutanka (March, 2015), The Sky Painter, Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist (May, 2015)

Rafael López's work is a fusion of strong graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. Influenced by Mexican surrealism, dichos and myths he developed a style with roots in these traditions.
His illustrations for Book Fiesta! written by Pat Mora were the recipient of the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award given by the American Library Association to honor work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. In 2014 he was awarded the Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration for Tito Puente Mambo King, written by Monica Brown. In 2012 he was selected by the Library of Congress to create the artwork for the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. That same year he received the Pura Belpré Honor for illustration with The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred written by Samantha Vamos. His artwork for Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico! America’s Sproutings by Pat Mora won the Américas Award for illustration in 2007. He received a Pura Belpré Honor and the Américas Award for illustration with his first children’s book My Name is Celia written by Monica Brown in 2006.

His work on the Urban Art Trail Project transformed San Diego’s blighted East Village with colorful murals. This was the catalyst for development of a graphic style giving children and families the opportunity to paint large scale murals with the artist. These murals can be found in California, Colorado, Illinois and Washington. 


Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many young adult verse novels about the island, including The Surrender Tree, which received the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino.  Her books have also received multiple Pura Belpré Awards and Honors, as well as three Américas... Read More →


Rafael Lopez

Award winning children’s book illustrator Rafael Lopez brings his inspiring, high-energy creative spirit to audiences of all ages, large and small. A popular presenter across the nation and abroad he is available for artist visits and as a speaker at campuses, libraries, schools... Read More →

Saturday September 13, 2014 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
The Dairy Center for the Arts, Performance Space. 26th & Walnut Street | Boulder, CO 80302

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