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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jacqueline Alcantara  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Born: , in

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Biographical and Professional Information

Jacqueline Alcántara is a freelance author and illustrator. She spends her days drawing, painting, writing and walking her dog. Jacqueline studied art education, attended a summer intensive at Parson’s New School of Design, and went on to enroll in the Illustration Certificate program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She has managed an art gallery in Chicago, worked at NBC’s set decoration department, and at Soho House Chicago. She is particularly excited about promoting inclusiveness and diversity in children’s literature and the illustration field in general.


-- In 2016, she won the inaugural We Need Diverse Books Illustrator Mentorship Award.,
-- Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2018, The Horn Book Best Picture Book of 2018, , The Field

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The field /
ISBN: 0735843120. OCLC Number: 989964281

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"Vini! Come! The field calls!" cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community - family, friends, and the local fruit vendor - for a pick-up soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running - bringing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of the sport. "Friends versus friends" teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans? The world's most popular and inclusive sport has found its spirited and authentic voice in Baptiste Paul's debut picture book - highlighting the joys of the game along with its universal themes: teamwork, leadership, diversity, and acceptance. Creole words (as spoken as Saint Lucia, the author's birthplace island in the Caribbean) add spice to the story and are a strong reminder of the sport's world fame. Bright and brilliant illustrations by debute children's book illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara - winner of the We Need Diverse Books Illustration Mentorship award - capture the grit and glory of the game and the beauty of the island setting that inspired this particular field. -- From dust jacket.