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 the 2012 Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award for her picture book, Tía Isa Wants a Car, and the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpré medal and the 2013 CYBILS prize in fiction for her YA novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
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
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.