Books by Juana Medina

BIG PROBLEMAS by Juana Medina
Released: May 14, 2019

"Juana's big problema will resonate with many readers, who will look forward to hearing more about this spunky Colombian girl's life. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Juana is back. This time she has to navigate the ups and downs of the changes brought on by the new person in Mami's life. Read full book review >
I'M A BAKED POTATO! by Elise Primavera
Released: May 7, 2019

"Children and caregivers alike will enjoy this charming tale about a dog who must find out if he's a baked potato, a groundhog, or a bunny. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A cozy story about a curious pup with a slight identity crisis who runs into a host of characters on his way to reunion with his owner. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2018

"A novel though probably not universal look at first-day jitters. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lena projects her nervousness about the first day of school onto her shoes, but how does one reach détente with footwear? Read full book review >
SWEET SHAPES by Juana Medina
Released: April 24, 2018

"While fans of the earlier titles might enjoy every bite of this one, it doesn't jell as well as its predecessors, conceptually or visually. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Medina presents the third in a series (ABC Pasta and 1 Big Salad, both 2016) that brings together an early-learning concept, photographed food items, doodled black lines, and a unifying setting. Read full book review >
ABC PASTA by Juana Medina
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Younger kids are not likely to recognize many of the lesser-known types of pasta, but what a toothsome way to have fun with them. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Get your forks ready—this salute to pasta via the ABCs is truly entertaining, as the subtitle states. Read full book review >
JUANA & LUCAS by Juana Medina
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The real gift of this book comes from presenting a different point of reference to American children who hear only stories of poverty and need coming out of South America. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Meet Juana, a lively and opinionated grade school girl growing up in Bogotá, Colombia. She strongly dislikes wearing her hot and itchy school uniform but even more having to learn to speak English: "Why not just speak in Spanish? It is SO much easier!" Read full book review >
1 BIG SALAD by Juana Medina
Released: June 7, 2016

"From layout to text to artwork, this counting book takes 'playing with your food' to a new level. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Photographs of salad ingredients, embellished with details done in black ink, create whimsical arrays from one through 10. Read full book review >
SMICK by Doreen Cronin
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Less is definitely more in this fetching, fun-filled mix of dog, chick and stick, guaranteed to tickle all. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A dog named Smick encounters a stick and Chick, with high-action results. Read full book review >