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"Como las hojas de mi
patio al caer
la tarde,
se fueron volando lejos
nuestros sueños,
ya cansados,
ya viejos..."
leaf image —Adalucía

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greenleaf Adalucía Quan is the author and illustrator of The Magic of Clay, a very popular ceramic book for readers of all ages. Her second title La chica de Mendiburo is the winner of the 2007 International Latino Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction Book in Spanish. She is also the author of The Song of the Coconut, winner of the 2009 International Latino Book Awards for Best Educational Children's Book in English. Other titles are Jesus' Birthday Gift (2012) and Micaela: Despertar en poesía/Waking Up to Poetry, winner of 7 awards at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. Micaela (la novela) won 4 International Awards in 2015 and first place in the Academia de la lengua espanola, premio Campoy-Ada. Long and Almost Magical (2018) and Río de colores (2019) are her newest picture books. Adalucía's latest Award Winning Spanish Novel La hija de la lavandera (2021) won 2 international gold medals in 2023. One of the awards was for Most Inspirational Young Adult Book.

Adalucía is a ceramic artist and graphic designer. Born in Miraflores, a beautiful neighborhood in Lima, Peru, she came to the US fresh out of high school to pursue a college education. Adalucía holds a BS in Art and Modern Languages Education from Florida International University, Miami, Florida and a MA in Art Education from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Adalucía is a great storyteller and teacher. Her ceramic pieces tell many personal stories and her poems are inscribed on her pots and sculptures. Adalucía manages to balance her family life with her busy schedule by designating different days of the week to each activity. Currently, she teaches Spanish in Santa Fe, NM. You may contact her for workshops, talks, readings/signings and school visits.

adalucia's childhood illustrations