4-Minute Video Interview About the Connection Between Art and Community
by Tatiana Florival
“Young readers are very sophisticated! I’m sure they love to find new things in the story—to go back and go ‘whoa!’ and then interpret it in a different way.” —Rafael López
Rafael López is passionate about using art to connect everyone in a community—which makes it no surprise that he’s the mind behind the Book of the Week, We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands! Watch this video interview with Rafael to discover:
• How he came up with the idea for the rainbow yarn in the story (and what it means to him)
• The way he uses texture to bring his mixed-media illustrations to life
• What he hopes readers take away from his books and art
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Rafael López uses his hands and imagination to create award-winning children’s books and murals around the world. He has been awarded the Pura Belpré Award from the American Library Association three times, for Drum Dream Girl, Book Fiesta, and Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln. Born and raised in Mexico City to architect parents, Rafael grew up immersed in the rich visual heritage, vivid color, music, and surrealism of his native culture. He enjoys working hand in hand with children, librarians, and teachers to paint community-based murals in neighborhoods. Rafael divides his time and collects ideas in his studios in colonial San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and downtown San Diego, California, where he lives with his wife and son. Visit Rafael López at rafaellopez.com.
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