!Viva Las Vegas and Books!

I’ve always been drawn to unusual juxtapositions and this past weekend 13,000 librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, agents, teachers and book fans descended on Vegas for the ALA Convention.
Here’s some photos to document the weekend.

At the 2014 American Library Association Conference I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with old and new friends, sign books and bring home a Pura Belpré honor for illustration of Tito Puente Mambo King, El Rey del Mambo.

Two exceptional women -Literary Agent Stefanie Von Borstel  and HarperCollins Senior Editor Rosemary Brosnan

I’m so grateful to the well organized, enthusiastic team at of our publisher Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins
who artfully arranged every detail at the conference and made this book
happen. Gracias Rosemary Brosnan, Patty Rosati and all of the dedicated
individuals who crafted an unforgettable celebration. 

Friends at the Pura Belpré Party the night before
Pura Belpré honoree, extraordinary author Margarita Engle

Grateful to
attend the Pura Belpré celebration with my amazing literary agent
Stefanie Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary. Thanks to author Monica Brown and agent Adriana Dominguez who were there with us in spirit.

“In this vibrant, bilingual portrayal of Tito Puente, the King of
Mambo, Rafael López conveys the rhythm and movement of this musical
legend through the use of bold colors, swirly lines, and carefully
placed word art”.

Lastly to the Association for Library Service to
Children/American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Committee for their
kind words and for recognizing this book I painted to pay tribute to a legendary musician.