Mia Araujo photo credits to Sampsel & Preston Photography. Illustration by Araujo from her website.

Argentine-American author-illustrator Mia Araujo is set to publish her very own illustrated novel titled Afia in the Land of Wonders in fall 2024. Published by Scholastic, the children’s fantasy is a West African-inspired reimagining of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and features Araujo’s stunning illustrations throughout.

The children’s book follows a 16-year-old protagonist who must make the difficult decision between staying isolated in her home with her beloved twin sister or journeying into a “magical yet dangerous land to discover who she is on her own.”

Check out some of the stunning illustrations from the book below:

Araujo began working on this passion project 10 years ago, and we cannot wait to finally snag a copy of this absolutely beautiful and ethereal book.

Mia Araujo is an Argentine-American artist and writer, born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Creative Writing. Araujo co-hosts and produces Painted in Color, a BIPOC art podcast, and enjoys creating escapist fantasy worlds with diverse characters, focusing on the magical connection between humans and nature.

Congrats to Araujo on her upcoming children’s book!


Note: All images sourced from Mia Araujo’s website.