Meet Meg Medina!
She’s the 2019 winner of the Newbery Award—the annual award given out by the American Library Association to the author of “the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children”. She won for her book, “Merci Suarez Changes Gears”, a story about a sixth grader dealing with friendships and jealousy, along with some family problems.
She was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up in Queens, New York. Meg was the first person in her family to be born in America and grew up in a house filled with relatives who spoke Spanish and loved to tell stories. Although she loved to read, when she was growing up she couldn’t find books with characters similar to herself. So now she writes the kind of stories she wished she could have read when she was younger.
In addition to the Newbery Medal, Meg won the Pura Belpre Award in 2014 for “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" (that book’s title also led to challenges from a few people who wanted it banned). In 2016, she won the Pura Belpre award for the writing and illustrations in her book “Mango, Abuela and Me”. She was also awarded the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal in 2012 for “Tia Isa Wants a Car”.
If you ever meet Meg give her Milk Duds and offer to take her salsa dancing and she’ll be your friend for life.
For more information, visit her website.
Check out some of Meg Medina's books here:
She also has some Young Adult titles: