Meet the Author/Photographer

George Ancona

Portrait of George Ancona

George Ancona is an award-winning photographer and author of books for young readers. He also has illustrated books by other authors. Ancona grew up in Coney Island, New York, where he became interested in his father's hobby, photography. He later went to art school and then worked in advertising before turning to children's books.

Ancona has photographed and written about everything from horses to helicopters. A Mexican American, he is particularly interested in writing about his Mexican heritage and life in different cultures.

Ancona lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

George Ancona learned about photography from his father. What hobbies or special skills have you learned from family members or friends? Find a partner and discuss your favorite hobbies and how you started doing them. Do you think you might someday turn one of your hobbies or skills into a career?

Photography Credit


Other Books Written and with Photographs by George Ancona

  • Let's Dance
  • Carnaval
  • Charro: The Mexican Cowboy
  • Powwow
  • Piñata Maker/El Piñatero
  • Barrio: José's Neighborhood
  • Fiesta Fireworks
  • Handtalk Zoo
    (with Mary B. Miller)

Other Books with Photographs by George Ancona

  • The First Thanksgiving Feast
    (written by Joan Anderson)