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Juana and Lucas Series

Juana Medina
Based on author-illustrator Juana Medina’s own childhood in Colombia, this illustrated series about Juana and her best amigo, her dog Lucas, will delight young readers.
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina; Illustrated by Juana Medina
Juana y Lucas by Juana Medina; Illustrated by Juana Medina
Juana & Lucas: Muchos Changes by Juana Medina; Illustrated by Juana Medina

Juana and Lucas Series : Titles in Order

Book 3
When she learns that Mami is expecting a baby, Juana finds a way to rise to the occasion (despite a few stumbles at skating camp!) in a third episode filled with humor and warmth.

I agree with my abuelos—I think I will be a VERY good older hermana. Even when I am not the most patient human being on earth. . . .

Juana’s life in Bogotá, Colombia, is just about perfect. Every now and then a big problema comes along—like having to learn English or Juana’s mami getting remarried—but things eventually settle down, and life goes back to feeling pretty perfect again. But then Mami springs two new sorpresas on Juana. One: Juana will be spending her school break going to skating camp instead of relaxing (even though she doesn’t know how to skate!). Two: Mami is going to have a baby! How can one Juana-size person possibly handle SO. MANY. CHANGES? The answer: with the gentle love of Mami and Luis, the guidance of Juana’s abuelos, the sympathy of newfound friends, the ready ear of her furry amigo Lucas, and Juana’s own expansive heart.
Book 2
“Juana’s big problema will resonate with many readers, who will look forward to hearing more about this spunky Colombian girl’s life.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)



Juana’s life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogotá with her two most favorite people in the world: her mami and her dog, Lucas. Lately, though, things have become a little less perfect. Mami has a new hairdo and has been spending a LOT of time with a new amigo named Luis. He is kind and teaches Juana about things like photography and jazz music, but sometimes Juana can’t help wishing things would go back to the way they were before. When Mami announces that she and Luis are getting married and that they will all be moving to a new casa, Juana is quite distraught. Lucky for her, though, some things will never change—like how much Mami loves her. Based on author-illustrator Juana Medina’s own childhood in Colombia, this follow-up to the Pura Belpré Author Award–winning Juana & Lucas is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.
Book 1
“Refreshingly original. . . . Medina’s beautiful, vivid prose conjures the Colombian setting with tactile language. . . . The story itself is a giant hug.” — The New York Times Book Review

Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl who stars in this playful, abundantly illustrated series. Juana loves many things: drawing, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones (the hearts) of readers everywhere.
Book 1
Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl who stars in this playful, abundantly illustrated series, now available in Spanish!

A Juana le gustan muchas cosas: dibujar, comer repollitas y vivir en Bogotá, Colombia. Pero más que nada, adora a su perro, Lucas. Lucas es su mejor amigo, absolutamente sin la más mínima duda. A Juana no le gusta su uniforme del colegio, que le pica mucho. Tampoco le gustan problemas de matemáticas, ni las clases de baile. Sobre todo, a Juana NO le gusta aprender inglés. Todas las TH de ese idioma inoportuno le hacen cosquillas en la lengua, y muchas de las palabras no tienen ningún sentid para ella. Si read y read se escriben igual, ¿por qué se pronuncian de modo tan diferente? Hasta que el abuelo de Juana le cuenta de algo fantástico que tiene planeado y ahora Juana tiene toda la motivación necesaria para trabajar muy duro ¡y convertirse en una fuente de inglés!

Comiquísima, llena de energía y con una historia inmensamente entretenida, Juana se ganará los corazones de los lectores en todas partes con su primera aventura, presentada por su tocaya Juana Medina.


Juana loves many things—drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juana’s abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning—one that Juana will need to speak English to go on—Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake Juana Medina, winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award.

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