Angela Burke Kunkel is the author of DIGGING FOR WORDS: JOSÉ ALBERTO GUTIÉRREZ AND THE LIBRARY HE BUILT, illustrated by Paola Escobar and published by Random House/Schwartz and Wade (and simultaneously released in Spanish as RESCATANDO PALABRAS).  After soaking up the sun in the Southwest for a number of years, she now lives in Vermont with her family, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and one rapidly-growing bearded dragon (really, it’s rather alarming). Angela currently works as a school librarian and is a former English Language Arts teacher. Look for her next picture books, PENGUIN JOURNEY, in 2021, and MAKE WAY, in 2023.

Angela is represented by Liza Fleissig at the Liza Royce Agency. You can contact her here. You can also connect on Twitter and Instagram.

Looking for more info? A press kit is here.

An archive of articles and interviews is below.



  • "Penguin Journey: Interview and Cover Reveal with Illustrator Cat Odell" with The Soaring '20s.

  • "Storystorm 2021 Day 25: Angela Burke Kunkel Explores the Power of Creative Limitations" with Tara Lazar




Photo credit: Mei Lin Barral