Paola Escobar, the illustrator of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, grew up traveling from town to town in Colombia. From a very young age she liked to draw the stories her grandmother Clara told about her ancestors, the countryside, and animals. Today, Paola is an illustrator who is passionate about telling stories of her own, having published with SM Spain, Planeta, Norma, and more. She lives very happily in Bogotá, Colombia, with her husband and their dog, Flora.
To my family. Thank you for the writing time. I love you. And to Jose Alberto Gutierrez, for sharing his love of books with the children of La Nueva Gloria. And to the students of Truman Middle School, for allowing me the same privilege.
For my love, Alejandro. Thanks for filling our house with books.