Lulu Delacre

Bilingual Author and Illustrator of Children's Books Since 1980

Selected Works

2013 • English Hardcover • Lee & Low Books • ISBN: 978-1-60060-882-7 • $11.95  ¿Hasta dónde me amas? Spanish Paperback • Lee & Low Books • ISBN: 978-1-62014-208-0 • $8.95
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 • To be re-released by Lee and Low Books in 2016! • Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! • 2006 • HarperCollins • Out-of-Print in all versions • To be re-released by Lee and Low Books in 2016!
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
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

The Storyteller's Candle: La velita de los cuentos

Listen to both Lucía González and Lulu Delacre talk about the making of The Storyteller's Candle

My research on how I would illustrate The Storyteller’s Candle started by meeting with its author, Lucía González. She shared with me the information she had gathered about Pura Belpré.

I read all of it before I set to work. I learned who was Pura and what was like the time and place she lived in.

To be able to set the art in the right period was very important to me. I researched the right clothing, cars, artifacts, architecture, and room interiors. However, I wanted to imbue the pictures with a definite sense of time and place.

Since the story happens in Spanish Harlem in 1930, I thought the addition of a newspaper of the times might work. I contacted a Rare Newspapers Store and purchased an original issue of The New York Times of the 6th of Jan. of 1930. I was thrilled to find articles that would actually set the time beautifully if I pasted bits and pieces in strategic places for the reader to discover later. Sometimes I used the newspaper as a color, others to help place the story in its historical context.

The careful reader will find the name of the US president at the time, and references to transportation, art, employment, etc. After I had glued the newspaper, I did all the painting in sepia, giving the illustration an old-photo look. Then, I used oil washes of other colors to make “the old pictures come to life.”