Claudia Rueda is an author and illustrator of picture books for young readers whose works include Nacho and Lolita and Lets Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around.
After attending law school and art school in her native Colombia, Rueda worked as a political cartoonist and an illustrator of educational books. She moved to the United States in 1997 and began taking courses at the University of California, Berkeley. Her self-illustrated debut, Tres ciegos y un elefante--a version of the Indian folktale Three Blind Men and an Elephant--was done in graphite pencil. Began as a class project, the book was published in Spain in 2002. Already a published author, Rueda enrolled in Lesley University's MFA program in order to hone her craft. She received her MFA degree in January, 2010.
In 2005 Rueda provided the artwork for Pam Munoz Ryans award-winning, Mexican-inspired folktale Nacho and Lolita, Rueda achieve[s] a vibrancy that is unusual in colored-pencil illustrations, as Booklist critic Jennifer Mattson observed. The story concerns the love between Nacho, a magnificently colored pitacoche bird, and Lolita, a migratory swallow. Ruedas wordless spreads pay tribute to the enormity of Nachos offering, which transforms the valley, a Publishers Weekly reviewer noted.
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