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Publication Order of Children's Books

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Separate Is Never Equal (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Funny Bones (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Princess and the Warrior (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danza! (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Undocumented: A Worker's Fight (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soldier for Equality (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child of the Flower-Song People (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Land of Books (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Día de Muertos (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Duncan Tonatiuh is a published Mexican author and an illustrator.

Duncan was born in Mexico City but spent his childhood growing up in San Miguel de Allende. He attended the Parsons School of Design, where he graduated with his BFA. He also attended Eugene Lang College, graduating with his BA. Both of the schools are divisions of New York City’s New School University.

One of his early books to come out was in 2010. It was a picture book, and it was called Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin. It was published by H.N. Abrams. He has since written several more books.

He has done a lot of work as an illustrator, constantly working on new picture books. he also uploads new illustrations to his blog about current events. His illustration of the AH1N1 in Mexico were picked to be part of the CONACULTA’s catalog following Mexican illustrators for children and young adults and were featured on the BBC back when the pandemic first broke out.

On top of that, Duncan is the author of Journey of a Mixteco. The short graphic novel was given the prize for best thesis in Parsons’ Integrated Design Curriculum department. It also appeared serially on a webcomics site, topshelfcomix2.0.

Born in 1984, the Mexican-American’s children’s books have won him several awards. The illustrations that he does in many of his books have been influenced by art from the Pre-Columbian period. He has many themes in his books that are directly relating to the Latino experience. Some of his topics focused on include history, art, social justice, and immigration. Duncan is also an activist and an advocate for workers’ rights.

Duncan’s father is American, and his mother is Mexican. He moved to America when he was a teen. Duncan attended Buxton Highschool in Massachusetts and graduated. When he was younger, comics and anime series inspired him, and he ended up trying his hand at writing and illustrating superhero stories of his own. Later in high school, he took an interest in painting. He was particularly influenced by the works of painters like Egon Schiele and Vincent van Gogh.

He continued that interest in art into his higher learning. He went to the Parsons School of Design, graduating with his B.F.A. in 2008. He would ten go on to attend Eugene Lang College, graduating with his B.A. He became very interested in Mixtec codex and art, continuing with the theme and working it into his senior thesis, which he called Journey of a Mixteco. It was awarded the title of best thesis and enjoyed publication online.

Once he had graduated, Abrams Books for Young Children contacted him. As a result, his first book Dear Primo was released. The book focuses on two cousins, one named Charlie and one named Carlitos. One lives in the U.S. while the other lives in Mexico. The book focuses on the fact that they have things in their lives in common and things in their lives that are different but are still similar people with a lot in common.

The author splits his time between America and Mexico. While in the two countries, he visits bookstores, libraries, and schools. He also is an activist for workers’ rights.

Dear Primo is the story of relatives living in different countries. One cousin lives in America, and the other one lives in Mexico. There are differences to how they live their lives each day, and then there are similarities and things that they have in common. While they may have very separate lives, there are also some things that do not really change about being a kid, even if you live in different countries.

While both cousins attend school, Charlie goes on the subway while Carlitos takes his bicycle. In the autumn, Charlie plays in leaves that have fallen to the ground, while Carlitos is surrounded by cacti (that he plays near and among, but not in, to avoid the needles).

The two have childhoods that are distinctly different, with different tastes, smells, sounds and sights making up their world. Still, the two cousins are also very alike when you get down to it. Written in English with some Spanish worlds, this is a great picture book that young children will enjoy reading with their parents.

There is also plenty of the language and culture in Mexico here. Duncan also uses the art of the Mixtecs and other Mexican cultures in his book and his own unique artwork for a visual book that is sure to bring joy to young readers and their parents!

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours is about Diego Rivera’s life, talking about his path to becoming one of the most well-known painters ever. He also wishes young readers would think about what the artist would be like now if he were still alive.

Diego Rivera was one of the 20th century’s most popular artists. This book throws back to when Diego was a young boy full of mischief that had a real passion for art. He then continued on to be one of the world’s most famous painters.

The author gets the reader to also contemplate what Diego would work on today if he were alive. His murals showed historical events in Mexican culture. Tonatiuh gets the reader to think about how his modern art would reflect the world today.

Whether you’re familiar with the works of this artist or not, this book is a great introduction to the painter and a review of his work. You can familiarize yourself with his paintings and murals and learn more about the artist or just find out more for the first time. Plenty of others had praise for this book.

Kirkus Reviews said that the author’s book will ‘thrill’ budding artists. Booklist said that young artists will find it inspiring while kids will be inspired to talk about the painter. Check out this book for yourself to learn more about Diego Rivera and introduce or re-introduce yourself to one of the world’s greatest artists seen through the eyes of another artist!

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