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The Importance of Iteration

A Q&A with author Tony Piedra

by Marcela Landres

Many authors approach storytelling through words, but some--especially in the realm of children's picture books--narrate through images. If you find your joy more through a crayon than a pen, you will find a kindred spirit in Tony Piedra, author and illustrator of The Greatest Adventure. Read the Q&A with him below to learn: the importance of iteration; how entering competitions can be a great way to meet agents; and what separates published writers from the unpublished.

Book Trailer Premiere!

Hosted by Mr. Schu Reads:

Hello, Tony Piedra! Thank you for stopping by to share the AMAZING book trailer for The Greatest Adventure. I cannot wait to share it with readers of all ages.

Tony Piedra: Hi Mr. Schu!  Thank you for inviting me on! I’m so honored and proud to be sharing my picture book debut with you. It’s a project that’s been many years in the making.

To see the trailer for The Greatest Adventure and read my full interview with Mr. Schu follow the link, below.


"Joyous and brightly colored, affirming the vibrant power of the imagination... Richly satisfying."

-- Kirkus Reviews



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This podcast is about 2 things: kids books and the kids book author’s journey. I tried to make it just about the first thing, but as a kids book author, I couldn’t help myself.

Take a listen as Timmy interviews me about more journey becoming an author and illustrator of children’s books.



After helping create fantastical worlds in movies like “Up” and “Coco,” Tony Piedra is bringing the same magic to the written word in his latest book, “The Greatest Adventure.”

After years of working at Pixar Animation Studios, where he built environments for some of the studio’s most popular movies, Piedra says he decided to embark on a new artistic challenge.

“I left the studio with the hope and the desire to be able to use the skills I had kind of developed over the years and make something beautiful,” Piedra says.

Featured Blog Post:

Digital Painting: How I made the Art for The Greatest Adventure!

I'm often asked how I create my illustrations.  In this post I will share with you my process for creating the artwork for my debut picture book, The Greatest Adventure. I won’t go in to great detail on each step in the process, instead, my goal is to impart on you a basic understanding of what it means to create a digital painting. And hopefully, you will also come to see the depth of thought and care that went into the creation of every single illustration for The Greatest Adventure!


Latinxs in Kid Lit Interview

By Cecilia Cackley

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Tony Piedra, a former film animator who worked on several awesome Pixar movies, including the Oscar-winning Coco! Tony will have his debut picture book released by Arthur A. Levine Books later this year. Before we get to the Q&A, here’s some background information on the author-illustrator:

 Photo by Sofi Zermoglio

Photo by Sofi Zermoglio

Book Review:

The Great Adventure

by Sofi Zermoglio

A few days ago I brought home a book fresh out of Scholastic's oven . "The Greatest Adventure" by Tony Piedra . 

In this book I found a bit of everything I look for in a book to share with my little one:

  • A boy in search of adventures.

  • a child with strong family ties.

  • a child capable of creating worlds with his imagination.

  • A child who can cope with a problem and find a way to overcome it.

Constantine loved it. The illustrations are formidable: simple, clean, beautiful, harmonious, sweet.