Joanna Cárdenas, Associate Publisher


Associate Publisher Joanna Cárdenas has edited critically acclaimed and award-winning books by Celia C. Pérez, Andrea Wang, David Bowles, Jessica Kim, R. Eric Thomas, and many more. Her favorite books across age categories, genres, and formats center joy, creativity, and imagination; explore our roles as global citizens and nature stewards; celebrate friendship, family, and community; and are often funny. Joanna manages Kokila’s growing Spanish-language picture book list, which includes Mi papi tiene una motoAmor de peloEl Proyecto 1619: Nacieron sobre el agua, and more. Joanna also co-founded the Rep Matters Mentor Program and was on the board of Latinx in Publishing. Prior to Kokila, Joanna was Editor at Viking Children’s Books, where she was a Publishers Weekly’s Star Watch honoree. Before that, she was a bookseller. For sporadic book updates, follow her on X @joannananamc.