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empanadas for everyone

by jackie azúa kramer 

illustrated by lenny wen

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

"An ode to diverse communities, Kramer and Wen’s joint effort exudes compassion and generosity. Kramer overstuffs the narrative with lovely turns of phrases...full of warm colors like soft yellows and oranges, the artwork complements Carina’s adventure...a yum for the tum and heart." -- Kirkus Reviews

In the vein of Thank You, Omu! and Bilal Cooks Daal comes a lyrical and nourishing tale about the importance of food to a community—and value of community to the experience of cooking—as told through the eyes of a young girl helping her tía.

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we are one

by jackie azúa kramer 

illustrated by raissa figueroa and niña mata

two lions/amazon

"Azúa Kramer offers up word pairs—seashell and wave, spark and idea—that provide creative metaphors of partnership in this idyllic picture of oneness through camaraderie... Employing smudgy, layered coloring, digital renderings from Figueroa and Mata portray figures of varying skin tones interacting…” —Publishers Weekly

From an award-winning trio, this celebration of community, friendship, and the natural world features poetic, lyrical text paired with a vibrant visual tale of two characters, each illustrated by a different artist.

manolo & the unicorn

by jackie azúa kramer & jonah kramer

illustrated by zach manbeck

cameron kids

April 18th 2023

A story about seeing and believing wholeheartedly in the extraordinary—unicorns and oneself.


"This sweet story conveys an empowering message about being true to oneself and one’s dreams. The language is often poetic, airy, and lush. The bright illustrations, from which rays of light seem to emanate often, are delicate and suit a tale about a magical creature. Will leave little ones reassured that the world is a magical place if they truly believe it is." --Kirkus Review

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dorothy and herbert:

the story of ordinary people and

their extraordinary collection of art

by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by julia breckenreid

cameron kids

October 26th 2021

  • 2021 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2021 Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition Selection
  • 2022 Best Books Canadian Children's Book Centre starred review

A picture book biography about an ordinary New York City couple and their extraordinary collection of art.


"Overall, this is a warm and thoughtful depiction of the two collectors as well as an engaging introduction to the world of modern art." --Kirkus Review

"VERDICT An eccentric tumble down an unexpectedly accessible bio of two fans who made their passion into a way of life, and just the kind of adventure that many children will find inspiring." --School Library Journal

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miles won't smile

by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by martina schachenhuber

clavis publishing

"This is a book about caring, loving siblings that young kids will easily relate to. There are lots of expressive sounds and actions that can be imitated to keep readers engaged." - BookWorks

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i wish you knew / ojalá supieras

by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by magdalena mora

roaring brook press

May 11, 2021


A story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty.

"...poignant" - Kirkus Reviews

"...compassionate" - School Library Journal

"A meditation..." - Booklist

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the boy and the gorilla

by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by cindy derby

candlewick press

October 13th, 2020

  • 2021 Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year

  • Winner of Japan's 31st Bronze Kembuchi Picture Book Award

  • Winner of 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award


A quietly thoughtful story of a young boy struggling with grief, and the imaginary gorilla who helps him find a path to healing.

"Luminous" - Kirkus -starred review

"...miraculous"- Publishers Weekly- starred review

"...magnificent" - BCCB- starred review

if you want to fall asleep

by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by lisa brandenburg

clavis publishing

  • Notable New Titles for Spring 2018--Booklist


“Lulling language, key bedtime trigger words & gentle repetition are sure to help tiny eyes close. Children will enjoy witnessing Little Mouse's mischief & that of his many toys. A common nighttime predicament with a few not-so-common solutions.” - Kirkus Reviews


the green umbrella

by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by maral sassouni

northsouth/nordsud books

Coming Soon!

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boogie in the bronx!

by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by jana glatt

barefoot books

fall 2023

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i am salsa

by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by elisa chavarri

Harper Collins/Quill Tree books

fall 2024

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by jackie azúa kramer

illustrated by taia morley

magination press

Feb 2024

Jackie Azua Kramer Books

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