children's book illustration


SCBWI Portfolio Mentorship Award 2013
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles recognition 2013, 2011 
SCBWI Featured artist (artist of the month-SCBWI website) December 2011

About Rodolfo Montalvo

Rodolfo is an illustrator/writer from the Los Angeles area. He's an adjunct professor at Laguna College of Art and Design, an affiliate professor at Antioch University's creative writing program, and has been working in children's book publishing for nearly ten years. He enjoys working with traditional media such as ink, watercolors, charcoal, and collage. His illustrated books include The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School and The Amazing Wilmer Dooley, both written by Fowler Dewitt, and the picture book Dear Dragon by Josh Funk. His debut author/illustrator picture book, Bye Land, Bye Sea, co-written with his wife René, will be released in spring 2023 by Roaring Brook Press.

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Kirkus - Dear Dragon starred review.

School Library Journal review.


Rodolfo is represented by Joanna Volpe, from New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. For all book related inquiries please contact her at

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Read a New Leaf Illustrator Spotlight here.