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© by Alberte Peiteavel

Marta Álvarez

is an author and children´s book illustrator living in A Coruña, Spain.

She graduated in Psychology from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2001, however her real passion was always drawing doodles in the margins of the notebooks.

Marta debuts in 2002 writing and illustrating her first picture book "¡Cómo está o galiñeiro!" published by Xerais. Since then, she has worked for several Spanish and international publishing houses.

In 2007 her artwork was selected and exhibited at the Bratislava Biennial of Illustration (BIB). She illustrated "Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean´s Most Fearless Scientist", which was named one of the Best Children´s Books of 2017 by Parents Magazine, and won the Blue Spruce Award in 2018. She also painted the funny and charming illustrations of "What is Poo?", which won the Silver Award at the Junior Design Awards 2017.

Marta Álvarez is a member of the Galician Illustrators Association (AGPI).


Exhibition at the Bratislava Biennial of Illustration (BIB) of Children´s Book 2007. Selected work "O souto do anano", Alfaguara-Obradoiro 2007

International Exhibition of Contemporary Illustration MIIC/ Illustradots 2017. Auditorio de Galicia. Santiago de Compostela. Work "Els musics de Bremen", Barcanova, 2015
Exhibition at the 12th International Illustration Meeting of S.Joao da Madeira. Portugal, 2019.

Awards & Honors

Cybils Award Finalist, 2023 (The Girl Who Heard The Music)
Northern Lights Book Award Winner 2023 (The Girl who Heard The Music)

AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books finalist 2021 (Dinosaur Lady)
Mathical Book Award Winner 2021 (The Animals Would not Sleep!)

Cybils Award Finalist, 2020 (Dinosaur Lady)

Blue Spruce Award Winner, 2018 (Shark Lady)

Amelia Bloomer Top Ten, 2018 (Shark Lady)

Cybils Award Finalist, 2017 (Shark Lady)

A Parents Magazine Best Children´s Book of 2017 (Shark Lady)

A Mighty Girl Best Book of 2017 (Shark Lady)

Gold Winner Made for Mums Awards, 2017 (What is Poo?)

Silver Winner Junior Design Awards, 2017 (What is Poo?)

Work featured on Illustration Age, 2015

"What is the Moon?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2019)

"A Tiger called Tomás". Written by Charlotte Zolotow  (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2018)

"Little Bible Playbook: The First Christmas". Written by Allia Zobel-Nolan (Studio Fun, 2018)

"What is Snow?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2018)

"What is Sleep?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2018)

"What are Stars?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2018)

"Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean´s Most Fearless Scientist". Written by Jess Keating  (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017)

"My Great Big God". Written by Andy Holmes (Thomas Nelson, 2017)

"What are Germs?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2017)

"What is Poo?". Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2016)
"One Small Donkey". Written by Dandi Daley Mackall (Thomas Nelson, 2016)

"How the Camel got his Hump". Written by Rudyard Kipling (Miles Kelley, 2016)

"Els musics de Bremen". Adapted by Ester Baldó, Rosa Gil and Maria Soliva (Barcanova, 2015)
"Comença la Tardor!" Written by Cinta Arasa (Barcanova, 2014)

"Sopa de xarope de amora". Written by Xosé A Neira Cruz (Xerais, 2010)

"O souto do anano". Written by Helena Villar Janeiro (Alfaguara-obradoiro, 2007)

"A aspironeta". Written by Marta Álvarez Miguéns (Xerais, 2005)
"¡Como está o galiñeiro!" Written by Marta Álvarez Miguéns (Xerais, 2002)

Selected Publications

"God's Little Astronomer" Written by Tina Cho (WaterBrook, 2024)

"José Feeds the World: How a famous chef feeds millions of people in need around the world Written by David Unger (Duopress, 2024)

"The Girl Who Heard the Music: How One Pianist and 85,000 Bottles and Cans Brought New Hope to an Island" Written by Marni Fogelson (Sourcebooks Explore, 2023)

"Why do I have to go to school?"Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2023)

"One Turtle's Last Straw: The Real-Life Rescue That Sparked a Sea Change " Written by Elisa Boxer (Crown Books, 2022)

"The Animals Would not Sleep" Written by Sara Levine (Charlesbridge, 2022)

"The Story of Christmas" Written by Lori C. Froeb (Studio Fun, 2022)

"What's Inside Me?"Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2022)

"Why do I have to go to bed?"Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2022)

"Why Should I Get Dressed?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2021)

"What are Clouds?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2021)

"Are Dinosaurs Real?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2021)

"Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist" Written by Linda Skeers (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2020)

"Emily´s Idea" Written by Christine Evans (Sounds True, 2020)

"Why Should I Brush My Teeth?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2020)
"Why do we need a Potty?" Written by Katie Daynes (Usborne, 2019)

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