Lulu Delacre

Bilingual Author and Illustrator of Children's Books Since 1980

Selected Works Publishers give deep discounts on books for an author's visit

2013 • English Hardcover • Lee & Low Books • ISBN: 978-1-60060-882-7 • $11.95 
2011 • Large Format Boardbook for Autistic Children /Special Needs /Early Childhood • Lee & Low Books • ISBN:978-1-60060-460-7 • $20.00 
2008 • English Hardcover • Lee & Low Books • ISBN: 978-1-60060-242-9 • $19.95 Order directly from Lee & Low
2008 • Bilingual Hardcover • Children's Book Press available from Lee and Low Books • ISBN-13: 978-0-89239-222-3 ISBN-10: 0-89239-222-3 • $18.95
Rafi and Rosi• 2004 • HarperCollins • Out-of-Print in all versions • Available as an e-book from uTalesRafi and Rosi: Carnival! • 2006 • HarperCollins • Out-of-Print in all versions • Coming soon as an e-book!
2004 • Bilingual Hardcover • Lee & Low Books • 1-584-30-159-7 • $16.95 • 2006 • Bilingual CD • Lee & Low Books • 1-60060-1235 • $12.95
2002 • Bilingual • Millbrook Press • Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Primary Grades • To order: Lerner Costumer Service at 1-800-328-4929
2000 • English Edition Trade Paperback • 078-0-545-43098-2 • $6.99 Cuentos con sazón 2001 • Spanish Edition Paperback • Scholastic • 0-439-22649-X • $4.50
1996 •English Paperback • Scholastic • 0-439-24398-X • $5.99 De oro y esmeraldas: Mitos, leyendas y cuentos populares de Latinoamérica1996 • Spanish Edition Paperback • Scholastic • 0-590-67684-9 • $6.99


Beginnings

I create my books out of love and the conviction that they are sorely needed, and I’ve seen them succeed. I’ve measured their success in the proud smiles of many Latino children as they join hands with their schoolmates and myself, in the game song of Arroz con Leche. Or as we all sing vejigante chants behind paper masks when recreating a carnaval. For when these Latino children feel their classmate’s enjoyment of their own language and heritage, they know acceptance. They may even glimpse the value of retaining their parent’s traditions and tongue as they embrace new ones.


Lulu, 7 years old, at the beach in Puerto Rico

I was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, the middle child in a family of three daughters. My parents are from Argentina. Growing up in the island was a fun filled experience, where climbing up a tamarindo tree with a friend to eat its fruit, was as commonplace as hunting for tiny brown lizards. I used to gently open their mouths and hang them from my earlobes as earrings!

My earliest recollections of drawing--I must have been five then--go back to my grandmother’s house. My grandma, Elena, was from Uruguay. She baby-sat my sister and me, in the second floor apartment of and old pink house, while my parents taught at the University of Puerto Rico. She would give me white sheets of paper in which I would draw as I lay on the floor of her bedroom and listened to the classical records she played. I don’t remember her ever throwing away one of my pictures. She kept them neatly piled in a corner of her closet.

I had my first formal art training when I was ten, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we lived for a
year while my father was on sabbatical. There, one of my mother’s friends, a fine artist and teacher, encouraged me to join one of her painting classes. She was the first of several instructors who taught me to draw from real life and with whom I discovered the immense joy of being able to create.

At the time I entered the Fine Arts department of the University of Puerto Rico I knew I wanted a career in art. Later on I was accepted into L’Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques, in Paris, France.
By the time I did my thesis, an audio-visual project illustrating Saint Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, I knew I wanted to become an illustrator of children’s books. I dreamed of creating books inspired by my heritage, books that celebrate the rich folklore and colorful traditions I was nurtured with as a child, books in English and in Spanish.

Being an author/​ illustrator is the most challenging and rewarding work I’ve ever done. I strive to achieve a high standard in both text and art, a draining task and times. So with each new book I eagerly await the moment when I can see the many parts come together in a cohesive whole.

I delight in creating books that portray my own culture with authenticity in both words and pictures. And if painting the people and the places of Latin America true to their own beauty, fosters respect; or if sharing some of their golden tales builds bridges among children, I want to keep on doing it. Because for me, that is the true measure of success. ¡Viva nuestra herencia!

Awards and Honors


Arroz con Leche
•Hornbook Fanfare Book
Peter Cottontail’s Easter Book
•American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
Nathan’s Balloon Adventure
•Junior Literary Guild Book Selection
Vejigante Masquerader
•1993 Américas Book Award
•American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
•NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts
The Bossy Gallito
•Notable Tradebook in the Field of Social Studies
•American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
•Aesop Accolade List
•New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing
•1996 ALA Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration and Text
Golden Tales
• CCBC Choices
• Américas Award Commended Title
Salsa Stories
• CCBC Choices List Notable Book for a Global Society
• NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
• IRA Outstanding International Books
• CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
• Américas Award Commended Title
• Críticas List of Best Books for 2002
• Crown Award Nominee
Rafi and Rosi /​ Rafi and Rosi: Carnival!
• Junior Literary Guild Book Selections
Arrorró mi niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games
•2006 Pura Belpré Honor for illustration
Alicia Afterimage
•The Bank Street College 2009 Best Children’s Books for the Year
•SSLI 2009 Honor Book
•Flamingnet Top Choice Award
•Bloomsbury Review 2008 Editor’s Favorite
The Storyteller’s Candle
•2008 ALA Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration and Text
• Américas Honor Award
•2009 ALA Notable
•Jane Addams Honor Award
•Skipping Stones Award
•Latino Book Awards Honorable Mention
•Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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• 1997 Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators Juror
• 1998 Maryland Woman in the Arts
• 1999 Write from Maryland Author
• 2003 National Book Award Juror