Meg Medina Faculty Profile

Margaret Medina

Graduate Adjunct - CLA

Meg Medina is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of the 2019 John Newbery Award for her middle grade novel, Merci Suárez Changes Gears. She writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. Her other novels include Burn Baby Burn, longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize; Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, winner of the Pura Belpré award, a CYBILS Award and the International Latino Book Award; and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, a Bank Street Best Book.  Her picture books include Evelyn Del Rey in Moving Away, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 2021 Selection, winner of the Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature, and winner of the 2021–22 Charlotte Zolotow Prize; Mango, Abuela, and Me, recipient of a 2016 Pura Belpré Honor Medal; and Tía Isa Wants a Car, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer’s Medal. Meg’s books have been chosen for numerous “Best” lists, and she has advocated extensively on writing inclusive texts for children. Her interests include community projects that support girls, Latino youth, and/or literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia. 

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Burn Baby Burn
Candlewick Press, 2016


Merci Suárez Plays It Cool
Candlewick Press, 2022 

Merci Suárez Can’t Dance
Candlewick Press, 2021

Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Candlewick Press, 2018

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Candlewick Press, 2013

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind
Candlewick Press, 2012

Milagros: The Girl from Away
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 2008


She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor (nonfiction, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger)
Philomel, 2021


Tia Isa Wants a Car (illustrated by Claudio Munoz)
Candlewick, 2020

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away (illustrated by Sonia Sánchez)
Candlewick Press, 2020

Mango, Abuela, and Me (illustrated by Angela Dominquez)
Candlewick Press, 2021