Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Artwork of Rafael Lopez

The 2011 Summer Reading theme from the Collaborative Summer Library Program is "One World, Many Stories."  This international theme has been illustrated by renouned Mexican artist, Rafael Lopez.  Click HERE to listen to Mr. Lopez talking about his work on this project.

Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los librosBook Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros by Pat Mora
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lopez also illustrated Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora, which won the Pura Belpre awardBook Fiesta is about the adventure of reading and how reading inspires the imagination.  For the past 15 years, thanks to Pat Mora, there has been a celebration of children and reading called El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros.  Book Fiesta was written in honor of this celebration.

Here is another example of Lopez's Children's book illustrations that captures his fire and Spanish flair:

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden StirredThe Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos

Rafael Lopez was the perfect choice for this year's summer reading theme illustrator! His artistic style is vibrantly colorful, warm, and engaging. With Hispanic flavor and international appeal, his work glows and emits emotion.

The "One World Many Stories" artwork is beautiful!  If your local library is participating in the program you should stop by the children's department to see the posters and decorations all designed by Rafael Lopez!    

1 comment:

  1. Rafael's work is so magical and whimsical. Don't miss his blogspot, too, as it shows his latest Community Mural as well as the five USPS stamps he created (Latin Music Legends Commemorative Forever Stamps). They are stunning. I'm personally quite crazy about the animals he created in "The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred." The duck just makes me smile and the goat with the chef's toque always makes me laugh.