Gloria Amescua's debut picture book biography, Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua is illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2021). Gloria’s lyrical picture book biography is about a Nahua girl who represented the Nahua people in Mexico as a model in art and captured their stories and mythology as she worked with scholars to record what was being lost. She became a living link to the Aztecs and achieved her dream of being a teacher. The book received three starred reviews and was awarded a Pura Belpré Author Honor. It was also a co-winner of the Américas Award, and received three International Latino Book Awards (English): Alda Flor Ada (Gold), Best Educational (Gold) and Most Inspirational (Bronze). It was listed as a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection, American Library Association Notable Books, SLJ’s Best Books 2021 and various other Best of Nonfiction/Informative lists for 2021/2022. It was was also a 2022 SCBWI Golden Kite finalist for nonfiction text for young readers. In an earlier version it also won Lee & Low’s New Voices Honor Award. In addition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired one of her poems for their national textbook literature series. She is an alumna of Hedgebrook's Writers-in-Residence program and a CantoMundo fellow. Gloria has also been published in a variety of literary journals, including Rattle, Pilgrimage, Kweli Journal, The Acentos Review and anthologies: Weaving the Terrain, Ocotillo Review, Bearing the Mask, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche, The Crafty Poet II, Latina Voices: Protest, and Struggle in 21st Century USA and Echoes of the Cordillera.She is represented by Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary.