Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

We Really Do Care… a lot.

Date(s) - 11/15/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A bookmaking conversation with editor, Neal Porter; illustrators, Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle; author, Julie Fogliano; and art director, Jennifer Browne.

What does it take to make a book? The entire creative team behind I Don’t Care (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House 2022) discuss their artistic process and the importance of collaboration in the making of this book about the little things that set two friends apart and the big things that bring them together.

Juana Martinez-Neal is the Peruvian-born daughter and granddaughter of painters. Her debut as an author-illustrator, Alma and How She Got Her Name, was awarded a Caldecott Honor. She illustrated New York Times bestselling picture book Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi; Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, which won a Robert F. Sibert Medal; and La Princesa and the Pea by Susan M. Elya, for which she won a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. Juana Martinez-Neal lives in Connecticut with her family. Visit her online at

Neal Porter has been in and around children’s book publishing for 45 years and is currently Vice President and Publisher of Neal Porter Books at Holiday House. Books he has edited have received numerous awards and honors including most recently, the Caldecott Medal and a Newbery Honor for Andrea Wang’s Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin.

Molly Idle is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Flora and the Flamingo. She is also the creator of Tea Rex, the mermaid tale Pearl, and Witch Hazel. Molly lives and works with her fabulous family in Tempe, Arizona. To learn more about her work visit

Jennifer Browne decided that she wanted to make children’s books in the 4th grade. She has been designing both adult and children’s books for 40 years, both in the UK and the US.

Julie Fogliano is the New York Times bestselling author of And Then It’s Spring and If You Want to See a Whale, both illustrated by Erin Stead; When’s My Birthday? and Just in Case You Want to Fly, both illustrated by Christian Robinson; and most recently, I Don’t Care, illustrated by Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal. Recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats award, her books have been translated into more than ten languages. Booklist has said that Julie “has a knack for capturing the emotional tenor of very specific little kid experiences.”

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