• Illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara loves paper, scissors, Adobe and markers. She embraces the old world and the new, allowing her to create drawings and collages compelling to children and adults. She started her career as a high school art teacher but decided to pursue illustration full-time in 2011. She lives and works between Chicago and Michigan and is fueled by jazz and house music, carbs and coffee. She is happiest when she’s in her studio, dancing at Smartbar, laying on the beach with her dog and family or snowboarding or hiking. 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.


  • Represented by Adriana Dominguez at Full Circle Literary | Adriana@FullCircleLiterary.com | @VocesBlog

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore

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    Jump At The Sun

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster)


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    Your Mama

    Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


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    Freedom Soup

    Candlewick Press


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    The Field

    NorthSouth Books