Thursday, October 3, 2019
Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She recently won the 2019 Newbery Medal for Merci Suarez Changes Gears . She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s latest young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize. Her most recent middle grade novel, Merci Suárez Changes Gears (Candlewick 2018) is a Charlotte Huck 2019 Honor Award book, a SLJ Best Books of 2018, a New York Public Library Best Books 2018, and a Publishers Weekly Best Books 2018.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Candace Fleming is the author of more than forty books for children, including picture books, middle grade novels, and biographies. Among her nonfiction titles areThe Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia, Giant Squid and most recently Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Orbis Pictus Award, as well as a two-time recipient of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, the ALA Sibert Honor, and YALSA’S Excellence in Nonfiction Award.
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