ABOUT MEG MEDINA

  • Meg Medina is a Cuban American author
    who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. The first American
    citizen in her family, Meg was raised in Queens, New York by her mother – and a
    clan of tios, primos, and abuelos who arrived from Cuba
    over the years. She was the fortunate victim of their storytelling, and credits
    them with her passion for tales.

    She is a two-time Pura Belpré medalist for her picture book Mango, Abuela and Me (2016 Honor award) and Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014 medalist for literature). Meg also earned the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award for her picture book, Tía Isa Wants a Car. 

    Meg’s work examines how cultures
    intersect through the eyes of young people, and she brings to audiences stories
    that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that
    are universal. Her favorite protagonists are strong girls. 

    Her booklist and recognitions: 

    MILAGROS GIRL FROM AWAY (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 2008); Starred review in School Library Journal, Dec. 2008

    TÍA ISA WANTS A CAR (Candlewick Press 2011), A Junior Library Guild Selection; Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award 2012; Amelia Bloomer Project 2012; Highly Commended Books 2012 by the Charlotte Zolotow Prize Committee; ALSC Notable Books 2012; CCBC Choices 2012; and Red Clover List 2012  

    THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND (Candlewick Press 2012), a
    2013 Bank Street Best Books; 

    YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR
    ASS
    (Candlewick Press 2013), Pura Belpré Medal 2014; CYBILS 2013 winner, fiction;  Junior Library Guild selection; School Library Journal Best Books Selection 2013; Kirkus Best Books for Teens 2013; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon List, 2013;YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013; 
    American Library Association(ALA) Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014; ALA Notable Children’s Book,2014; ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2014; Capitol Choices 2014 list of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens selection, 2014; Texas Library Association’s Taysha’s Reading List, 2014; Virginia State Reading List (high school), 2014; In The Margins Top Ten List selection, 2014; Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers nominee, 2014-2015

    MANGO, ABUELA AND ME (illustrated by Angela Dominguez; Candlewick Press 2015)  Winner of the Pura Belpré honor medal for literature and illustration; ALSC Best Books 2015; A Junior Library Guild Selection (Spanish edition); Wisconsin State Reading List; Best Picture Books 2015 Chicago Public LIbrary; CCBC Choices 2016; Nerdies 2015 title 

    BURN BABY BURN (Candlewick Press March 2016) forthcoming. A Junior LIbrary Guild Selection

    When she is not writing, Meg works on
    community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives
    with her extended family in Richmond, Virginia.

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  • Magazine Articles
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    On Writing the American Familia

    (Article)


    The Horn Book Magazine

    2016