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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Illustrator




Illinois Connection

Alcantara lives in Chicago

Biographical and Professional Information

Jacqueline Alcantara 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.

Starting her career as a high school art teacher, Alcantara decided to pursue illustration full-time in 2011. She aims to create fascinating worlds that kids and parents can lose hours of their lives reading and re-reading. Half-Honduran and half-Chicagoan, Jacqueline knows the value of being able to find kids that “look like you” in libraries and bookstores and aims to represent not only the skin tones, but the histories and cultures of today’s families.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Field"""

-- *Sonia Lynn Sadler Award, 2018

-- *Kimi Siegel Award

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Starred Review, Horn Book

-- *Fanfare, Best of List, Horn Book, 2018

-- *Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal, 2018

-- *Best Books List, Kirkus, 2018

-- *Best Books List, Shelf Awareness, 2018

-- *Choices, Best Books List, CCBC, 2018


-- """Freedom Soup"""

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Starred Review, Shelf Awareness

-- *Jr. Library Guild Selection

-- *Best of List, Kirkus, 2019

-- *Best of the Year List, The Educator's Playbook, 2019

-- *The Best of Kid's Next, Indie Bound, 2019

-- *Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2020