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Coming Soon

August 2016

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Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse books, including a Newbery Honor winner, The Surrender Tree, a PEN USA Award winner, The Lightning Dreamer, and a verse memoir, Enchanted Air, winner of many awards, including an inaugural Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, the inaugural Arnold Adoff Teen Poetry Award, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. Margarita’s books have also received three Pura Belpré Awards and four Américas Awards, as well as a Jane Addams Award, International Reading Association Award, and Claudia Lewis Poetry Award. Books for younger children include Mountain Dog, Summer Birds, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award winning picture book, Drum Dream Girl.

Margarita grew up in Los Angeles, but developed a deep attachment to her mother’s homeland during summers with her extended family in Cuba. She was trained as a botanist and agronomist before becoming a full-time poet and novelist. She lives in Central California, where she enjoys hiding in the wilderness to help train her husband’s search and rescue dog.

Photo © Sandra Ríos Balderrama

Upcoming Appearances

Join Margarita at these events:

  • June 26, 2016
    Margarita will receive the Pura Belpré Medal at the ALA Annual Conference 20th Anniversary Celebration in Orlando, Florida
  • November 4-5, 2016
    Margarita will be speaking at the California reading Association Professional Development Institute, in Visalia, California

Don't Miss...

Paperback version of Silver People

Paperback version of Silver People is now available in bookstores!


April 25, 2016

The Lightning Dreamer is honored as one of the books in the 20 Years of Día Booklist, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Día.
Drum Dream Girl and Silver People are also honored as one of the books in the Building STEAM with Día 2016 Booklist, that identify promising resources to supplement (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, the (A)rts, and (M)ath programming while reflecting a variety of cultures and languages.

Margarita will be serving as Juror for the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize, the Judge for YARN's Young Adult Enchanted Places and Spaces Poetry Contest, and the first We Need Diverse Books Middle Grade mentor.

April 10, 2016

Margarita was at the Charlotte Zolotow Award ceremony on April, at University of Wisconsin, in Madison.

Margarita was a speaker at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on April 7-8, at Kent State University, in Ohio

March 19, 2016

Margarita was at the Walter Award ceremony on March 18, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

March 17, 2016

Enchanted Air won the Golden Kite Award for non-fiction books.
This award will be presented at the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles on July 29-31.

March 4, 2016

Foreign language translations for Drum Dream Girl will be comin soon in Chinese (CITIC Press) and Spanish (Scholastic Book Club edition).

Dreamscape Audio/Video of Drum Dream Girl is available for classroom use.

January 26, 2016

Awards and Honors:

  • Enchanted Air won the 2016 Pura Belpré Award for text. It will be presented at ALA in Orlando on June 26, 1-4 PM, during the 20th Anniversary Pura Belpré Celebración.
  • Enchanted Air was selected as YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
  • Enchanted Air won a Walter Award Honor from We Need Diverse Books. It will be presented at the Library of Congress on March 18.
  • Drum Dream Girl won the Pura Belpré Award for illustration. Congratulations to Rafael López!
  • Drum Dream Girl won the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book writing of 2015. It will be presented at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, on April 9.
  • Drum Dream Girl was selected as Asian Pacific American Library Association Children's Book Awards Honor
  • Drum Dream Girl is an Amelia Bloomer Top 10 of 2016
  • Drum Dream Girl is a 2016 Notable Book for a Global Society, International Literacy Association

November 8, 2015

Recent wonderful reviews for Enchanted Air:

October 30, 2015

Enchanted Air has been given the 2015 Eureka! Gold Awards book by the California Reading Association.

October 26, 2015

Margarita contributed on a blog article at Latin@s in Kid Lit, on About that Embargo.

The 2015 Cybils Award nominees includes four of Margarita's books, Enchanted Air, Drum Dream Girl, The Sky Painter, and Orangutanka.

October 4, 2015

The Kindle edition of The Sky Painter is included in the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program. It is a reading program set up by teachers in classrooms to motivate children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza.

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