|Region:||Mid Atlantic (D.C./Virginia)|
|Age Levels:||5-10, 11-13, and 14-17|
|Will Travel:||Anywhere in the world|
|SCBWI Profile:||Member Profile|
Meg Medina 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 2019 Newbery Award winner for her middle grade novel, Merci Suårez Changes Gears; 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 ; and the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award winner for her picture book, Tía Isa Wants a Car. She has been ong listed for the National Book Award and was twice a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Young People's Literature.
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) A Junior LIbrary Guild Selection and numerous "Best of 2016" lists. Long listed for the National Book Award. Finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the LA Times Book Award in 2016. NAIBA YA Book of the Year.
MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS (Candlewick Press, September 2018), Winner Newbery Award 2019 and Charlotte Huck Honor book, among numerous distinctions.
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.
Presentations range according to the age of students and needs of the school. Can include: