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Rafael López is an illustrator who grew up immersed in the culture of Mexico City. His style is influenced by Mexican surrealism and traditional sayings and myths. He has won two Americas Awards and a Pura Belpré Honor for his children’s books. Recently, he illustrated “Tito Puente: King of Mambo/El rey de mambo!” (HarperCollins), written by Monica Brown. He also illustrated the 2012 National Book Festival poster.