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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iteration; how entering competitions can be a great way to meet agents; and what separates published writers from the unpublished.

Mr. Schu Reads

BOOK TRAILER PREMIERE: THE GREATEST ADVENTURE BY TONY PIEDRA

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.

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EX-PIXAR ARTIST AUTHORS HIS NEXT ‘GREATEST ADVENTURE’

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.

 
 

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: