Joe Cepeda is an award-winning illustrator/author of more than thirty books for children, including books written by notable authors like Gary Soto, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Toni Morrison. He’s illustrated book jackets for several titles, including Esperanza Rising and Newberry winner, Merci Suárez Changes Gears. He received an ALA 2002 Pura Belpré Honor Award, the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from the George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books and was awarded a Capstone Fellowship for 2016. Joe is a sought-after speaker to schools and conferences. He is the president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.