Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade stories, and YA fiction. Her picture books include Tía Isa Wants a Car and Mango, Abuela, and Me, winner of the 2016 Pura Belpré Honor Award. Her middle grade book, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, won the 2019 Newbery Medal.
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Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade stories, and YA fiction.
Medina's middle grade book, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, won the 2019 Newbery Medal. She is the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, and the 2014 Pura Belpré Award winner for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which was also the winner of the 2013 CYBILS Fiction award and the International Latino Book Award. Medina is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture book Tía Isa Wants a Car.
Meg’s other books are The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind , a 2012 Bank Street Best Book and CBI Recommended Read in the UK; and Milagros: Girl from Away.
Meg’s work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. 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.
In March 2014, she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America. In November 2014, she was named one of Latino Stories Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch.
When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.