Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tyou) is an award winning author and illustrator.
His book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote; A Migrant's Tale is the winner of the 2014 Tomás Rivera Mexican American children's book award. It is also the first book to receive two honorable mentions, one for the illustrations and one for the text, from the Pura Belpré Award for a work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books. The book was featured in USA Today, The Chicago Sun, The Houston Chronicle among other major publications because it deals with the controversial topic of immigration.
His book Diego Rivera: His World and Ours won the 2012 Pura Belpré illustration award. It also won the 2012 Tomás Rivera. His first book Dear Primo; A Letter to My Cousin received an honorable mention from the Pura Belpré Award in 2011. It was named an Americas Award Commended Title and a Notable Book for a Global Society list.
His book Separate Is Never Equal will be available in May 2014. It tells the true story of Sylvia Mendez, a child in the 40's of Mexican and Puerto-Rican descent who was not allowed to attend a "White's Only" school. Thanks to the efforts of her parents and the local Latino community, legal segregation in schools in California ended.
Duncan was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. He graduated from Parsons The New School for Design and from Eugene Lang College in New York City in 2008. His work is inspired by Ancient Mexican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images that honor the past, but that address contemporary issues that affect people of Mexican origin on both sides of the border.
Duncan's client list includes: San Miguel Writer's Conference, Akron Art Museum, Editorial CIDCLI, Miller Lite, Journal of Children's Literature, Revista Contratiempo, McGraw Hill, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 5yearplan.org, Colegio de Michoacán and ST editorial among others.