Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist. To reflect the lives of all young people, his illustrations bring diverse characters to children’s books. As a children’s book illustrator, he has received three Pura Belpré Award medals from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and REFORMA in 2020 for Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln, Drum Dream Girl in 2016, and Book Fiesta! in 2010. López has also illustrated seven stamps for the United States Postal Service.