Who is Angela Maria Quezada Padron?
Children's book writer, illustrator, freelance developmental editor, artist and English as a Second Language educator are just a few of the hats I wear. Growing up as a half-Latina, half-British girl living in a diverse New Jersey community while playing sports and spending summers visiting family in the Dominican Republic sure has given me a lot of ideas to write and illustrate about. But my favorite stories to read and write are ones that pull me across the emotional spectrum, from humorous to heartwarming, while putting a smile on my face.
I'm one of those types of people that can never stop learning - I wear my nerd badge loud and proud! So much so, that I’ve earned six college degrees, including an MFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University and an MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Kean University. I’ve illustrated two books – “The Hero in You” and “My Body Belongs to Me” – a Cricket Magazine article, and several stories for educational publishers. The highlight of my career so far was being chosen as a semi-finalist for the SCBWI Tomie dePaola Award and receiving a handwritten note from Tomie himself!
I love creating illustrations that are colorful, bold and full of texture. To me, the best mediums to use are the messy ones, especially collage and pastels. But Photoshop always helps put my illustrations together. I'm a huge fan of so many illustrators, but the most influential to me are Eric Carle, Rafael López, Ezra Jack Keats, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Yuyi Morales, David Diaz, Raul Colón, Amy June Bates, and Denise Fleming.
When I’m not writing or illustrating, you can find me being creative in my art studio, sewing, walking along Florida beaches with my son collecting shells, singing songs from “Hamilton,” gushing over "The Mandalorian," and re-watching "My Octopus Teacher" - I can't get enough of it!
Interested in hiring me for an illustration or writing project?
Drop me an email and let's chat!