Jacqueline Alcántara is a freelance illustrator and artist. Jacqueline studied Secondary Art Education and taught high school art and photography before transitioning to illustration.
Her experience working with children has led her to focusing on children’s literature and specifically in pursuit of projects featuring a diverse main character. She won the 2016 “We Need Diverse Books Campaign” Mentorship Award and is excited to be working to promote inclusiveness and diversity in children’s literature and the illustration field.
Her first book The Field (written by Baptiste Paul) received 3 starred reviews and won Jacqueline the Sonia Lynn Sadler Award in 2018. Her second book, Freedom Soup (written by Tami Charles) received 4 starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild, Indiebound and Amazon selection in 2019.
In addition to the children’s illustration field, Jacqueline has worked with other clients including NPR, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Foundation for Women, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Elle Decor, and University of Chicago creating illustrations for a range of editorial and promotional projects. She has a never ending interest in learning new skills and taking on new challenges.
Learn more at Jacqueline Alcantara’s official website