Niña Mata


Author and Illustrator Niña Mata is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Illustrator of “I Promise” by LeBron James (nominated for the 52nd NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature). She is also a 2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honoree for her work in “Ty’s Travels, Zip Zoom” by Kelly Starling Lyons.

​Niña grew up a typical latchkey kid in Queens, New York. Her family emigrated from the Philippines when she was 6 years old. Because her parents worked and went to night school, Nina spent a lot (like a whole lot) of time drawing. Her after school activities usually involved watching Bob Ross, “Reading Rainbow” and looking for adventures in the library (which she still does).

Niña studied Illustration at The Fashion Institute of Technology of NY. During her editorial internship at Sesame Workshop, Niña discovered her love of children’s books. She now creates illustrations for children’s publishing and is passionate about representing the beauty and diversity of the world.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, their daughter and Tabi, the cat.

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