ABOUT ANGELA PADRON
I create illustrations and children’s book stories to share my love for reading with children. My favorite mediums to use are the messy ones – batik, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, and pencils but Photoshop helps put my illustrations together. When I’m not illustrating, I write and edit content for educational publishers and work as a teacher. In 2014, I was chosen as a
semi-finalist for theTomie dePaola Illustration Award. So far I’ve illustrated two books, “The Hero in You” by Ellis Paul and “My Body Belongs to Me” by Jill Starishevsky.
Through my children’s books, I hope to entice children to want to read by using colorful illustrations and interesting topics. This starts, I believe, by writing stories and illustrating pictures that include characters of color. I feel that children of color are under-represented in all aspects of children’s literature. No matter what story I write and illustrate, I try to use characters that reflect the real society in which readers live – a multiracial, multilingual, multiethnic population. I also like to infuse humor and emotion to make readers laugh and feel a connection to the story. I sometimes enjoy adding a bit of fantasy, mystery, or low sci-fi elements as well.