Meg Medina

meg-medina-2015aPhoto by Steve Casanova

October 2016

Distinguished Children’s Author

Meg Medina is a Cuban American author of award-winning picture books, middle school novels and young adult fiction.  She often explores themes relating to the intersection of cultures in her work –both what makes one culture unique from another, as well as what we all have in common.   Her work is also known for featuring strong female characters.

Her titles for younger children include:  Tía Isa Wants a Car and Mango, Abuela and Me (both of which have been translated into Spanish).  Her titles for older children include:  Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, and Milagros: Girl from Away.  Her books have won many awards from the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award to the 2016 Pura Belpré Honor medal for literature and illustration to the International Latino Book Award, to name just a few.  

Her most recent work is a coming of age novel called, Burn Baby Burn.

Ms. Medina is also co-designer (with Gigi Amateau) of a program called, Girls of Summer.  The program features 18 books each summer, across all ages, about strong girls.  The program can be found here:  https://girlsofsummerlist.com/.

Below is the trailer for Mango, Abuela and Me:

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