Individual Author Record
Name:Pen Name: None Genre: C:CHILDREN Illustrator Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionAlcantara lives in Chicago
Biographical and Professional InformationJacqueline 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.
*The Field, NorthSouth Books, 2018 - written by Baptiste Paul *Freedom Soup, Candlewick, 2019 - written by Tami Charles *Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston, Atheneum, 2021 - written by Alicia D. Williams *Your Mama, HMH, 2021 - written by NoNieqa Ramos