Rafael López

Rafael López, a four-time recipient of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Medal, grew up in Mexico City where he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. To build community, López developed a mural style that works like a large scale paint by numbers. He has worked with hundreds of children, families, museums and community members to create murals that often reclaim blighted neighborhoods around the nation.

  • Drum Dream Girl

    By Margarita Engle

    Illustrated by Rafael López

    Read by Adriana Sananes

    How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

    A young girl fulfills her dreams in this video treatment of the acclaimed Pura Belpré Award winner.

    Winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video; Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award; Official Selection for the San Diego Latino Film Festival 2017 - Awards

    Released Tue May 24 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • Maybe Something Beautiful

    By F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

    Illustrated by Rafael López

    Read by Adriana Sananes

    How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

    What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray?

    "An inspiring and wistful message wrapped up in a subtle, thoughtful narrative and lively, beautiful art: simply superb." - Kirkus, Starred Review

    Released Tue Dec 20 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • Maybe Something Beautiful

    By F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

    Illustrated by Rafael López

    Read by Adriana Sananes

    How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

    What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray?

    "An inspiring and wistful message wrapped up in a subtle, thoughtful narrative and lively, beautiful art: simply superb." - Kirkus, Starred Review

    Released Tue Dec 20 00:00:00 UTC 2016
    English, Unabridged