Thursday, August 18, 2016

Marta! Big And Small

5 more days till Marta! Big and Small's publication date!

In celebration of the book,  I'll be doing a few book signings and events this September. Here are a few scheduled right now:

September 3rd - AUSTIN, TX
Book People

September 7th - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Books Inc. - Laurel Village

September 11th - PORTLAND, OR
Green Bean Books

September 24th - PRINCETON, NJ
Princeton Library Book Festival
11am - 4pm

If you want more information please visit:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Las Comadres Latino Literature Writing Conference

Last year I participated at Las Compadres writing conference on a wonderful panel with Shelley Diaz (School library Journal) and author Daniel Jóse Older. It was a really great panel about diversity in children's books. Well, this year I'm thrilled to be leading a workshop specifically on writing children's books! Here is a link about enrolling and the conference in general. I can't wait to get back into teaching mode.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Queens Museum Children's Book Celebration

I'll be participating this year at the Queens Museum Children's Book celebration along with other some other fabulous illustrators and authors. The event is July 10 from 11am to 4pm. Below is a link with more details.

Yay! Booklist and Kirkus Reviews for MARTA! BIG AND SMALL

“Pura Belpré honoree Dominguez's green, brown, and tan illustrations capture the movement in each spread . . . Marta's adventure is an enjoyable way to introduce animals, observe concepts, and identify comparisons and polarities in English and en Español.”

-Kirkus Review

“The lively energy of (Arena’s) informative words is well matched by Dominguez’ friendly, dynamic creatures…. This handy introduction to Spanish vocabulary is perfect for animal-lovers of all stripes.”


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pura Belpré 2016

I just arrived back from American Library Association Annual Summer Conference in Orlando where I received my second Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. This time it was for Mango, Abuela, and Me written by the wonderfully talented Meg Medina.

It was amazing few days filled with family, friends, colleagues, and new friends. I could write on and on, but instead here are some pictures and links.

ALA Pura Belpré Acceptance Speeches

Publishers Weekly Recap 

Tuesday, April 05, 2016


Author: Jen Arena
Illustrator: Angela Dominguez

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: August 2016

This concept book teaches both opposites and simple vocabulary words—in English and Spanish. “Marta is una niña… / …an ordinary girl.” She is “grande” to a bug but “pequeña” to an elephant, “lenta” to a horse but “rápida” to a turtle, tranquila” to a lion but “ruidosa” to a rabbit. All is well until she’s up against a snake who finds her “sabrosa” (tasty); on a Marta-free spread that follows, the offstage narrator frets, “Marta? ¿Dónde estás?” Readers are quickly reassured of the girl’s safety (she has skittered up a tree—“Phew!”), but was there ever really any doubt about the resourcefulness of this “ingeniosa” child? Like Marta, with her matching purple backpack, shorts, and sneakers, the art is energetic and no-frills, at least until the wink at the end when Marta is depicted sitting before paper, paint, and a brush that has just slithered across the page: was the snake a product of her imagination? The story concludes with a glossary, likely to be followed by requests to hear the book de nuevo. Nell Beram

San Antonio Book Festival

I just got back from my time presenting at the San Antonio Book Festival. I presented with Meg Medina our book Mango, Abuela, and Me. I also had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with John Parra, Don Tate, Monica Brown, and Daniel Miyares. The entire event was absolutely delightful.