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Award-winning illustrator SONIA SÁNCHEZ paints with both traditional and digital brushes using layers of texture in her work to evoke emotion and movement. Her debut picture book, HERE I AM (Capstone), received two starred reviews and was nominated for the Eisner Award in the category of Best Painter interior art. Sonia’s art has twice been selected for the prestigious Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. She lives with her husband, son, and a sleepyhead cat in a blue house near the Mediterranean Sea.

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Sonia’s Bookshelf:

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away
Evelyn Del Rey se muda (Spanish Edition)
by Meg Medina
illus. by Sonia Sanchez | Candlewick | 2020
• the 2020 JUMPSTART READ FOR THE RECORD book of the year
★ “Newbery Medalist Medina’s versatility is in evidence here, showing she’s as much in tune with the picture-book audience as she is with older readers. With lines that go at angles and splashes of bold colors and patterns, Sánchez’s artwork is as lively and full of movement as the two girls. Layered applications of color create texture, and the interiors of their apartments are cozily beckoning. A tender story of friendship and change.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A Crazy-Much Love
by Joy Jordan-Lake
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | Amazon Two Lions | 2019
“The standout illustrations burst with energy and are as saturated with color as the subject of the story is showered with love. A perfect gift for an adoptive family—and every family that has a deep and abiding love for their young children.” Booklist
“An honest and encouraging story about a transracial adoption.” Kirkus Reviews
“Although adoptive families will especially appreciate this book, all families will enjoy the message of how crazy-much parents love their children…” —New York Journal of Books
“Vibrant and bright images fill the pages of this genuinely charming story. This is a realistic portrayal of a modern foreign adoption from the adoptive parents’ point of view. Eye-catching and heartwarming, this is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to share the loving bond between parents and their children.” School Library Journal

Raisins and Almonds
by Susan Tarcov
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | Kar Ben | 2019

My Quiet Ship
by Hallee Adelman
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | Albert Whitman | 2018

The Little Red Fort
by Brenda Maier
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | Scholastic Press | 2018
• A Texas 2×2 Reading List Selection, Texas Library Association, 2019
• A nominee for the One Book for Colorado selection, 2019
• An Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Masterlist selection, 2019
• A Chicago Public Library  best picture books of the year selection, 2018
★ “The Little Red Hen gets an appealing girl-power update . . . Young makers of all genders will be inspired.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

The Curious Cares of Bears
by Douglass Florian
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | little bee books | 2017

Sister Day!
by Lisa Mantchev
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | Paula Wiseman Books | 2017
“Sweet, upbeat, and refreshing.” —Kirkus Reviews
• a 2018 Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, 2018.

Green Green: A Community Gardening Story
by Marie Lamba and Baldev Lamba
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | FSG | 2017
• A Society of Illustrators Original Art Show 2017 selection
• CBC NCTE Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2018

The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits
by Douglass Florian
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | little bee books | 2016
★ School Library Journal starred review
• A Society of Illustrators Original Art Show 2017 selection

Here I Am
by Patti Kim
illus. by Sonia Sánchez | Capstone / Picture Window Books | 2013
• A KIRKUS Best Book of the Year
★ Starred review from Kirkus
*”Sánchez has captured a kaleidoscope of emotion and powerful sensations in a way children will grasp completely. It’s The Arrival for younger readers.”–Kirkus Starred Review
★ Starred review from Publishers Weekly
• Nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award in the category of Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art). See the full list of nominated titles here.
• Feature on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast  blog.
• A Junior Library Guild Selection (JLG) Selection.
• Review from the New York Times Book Review.
“Kim and Sánchez bring to their lively pages the heightened perceptions of the recently arrived. From the startling whoosh of pigeons’ wings to the click of coins deposited in a parking meter to the reflective shine of the polished airport floor, everything in this new world is worth noticing. ” —NYT


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