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Duncan Tonatiuh


Duncan Tonatiuh

Duncan Tonatiuh is an award winning author and illustrator.

His book DIEGO RIVERA: His World and Ours, published in 2011 by Abrams Books for Young Readers is the winner of the 2012 Pura Belpré illustration award for a work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books. It is also the winner of a 2012 Tomás Rivera Mexican American children's book award. His book PANCHO RABBIT AND THE COYOTE: A Migrant's Tale (Abrams 2013) has received starred reviews and has been featured in USA Today, The Chicago Sun and The Houston Chronicle among other major publications because it deals with the controversial topic of immigration. It was selected as a 2014 ALA Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Honor Book.

His book SEPERATE IS NEVER EQUAL will be available in May 2014. It tells the true story of Sylvia Mendez, a child in the 40's of Mexican and Puerto-Rican descent who was not allowed to attend a "White's Only" school. Thanks to the efforts of her parents and the local Latino community, legal segregation in schools in California ended.

Duncan was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. He graduated from Parsons The New School for Design and from Eugene Lang College in New York City in 2008. His work is inspired by Ancient Mexican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images that honor the past, but that address contemporary issues that affect people of Mexican origin on both sides of the border.

Duncan Tonatiuh

Books by Duncan Tonatiuh

by Duncan Tonatiuh - Children's, Children's 6-9, Picture

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.

by Susan Wood and Duncan Tonatiuh - Children's, Children's 6-9, Music, Picture, Youth Fiction

Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan's space-age lounge music --- popular in the fifties and sixties --- has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh's fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel's spirit to life.

by Duncan Tonatiuh - Art, Biography, Children's 6-10, Culture

FUNNY BONES tells the story of how the amusing calaveras --- skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities --- came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852–1913). Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe’s, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity.

by Duncan Tonatiuh - Children's, Children's Nonfiction, Culture, History, Nonfiction, Picture

Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

by Duncan Tonatiuh - Children's, Fiction, Picture

In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him. He meets a coyote, who offers to help Pancho in exchange for some of Papa’s food. They travel together until the food is gone and the coyote decides he is still hungry for Pancho!