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Margarita Engle is the 2017-2019 national Young People’s Poet Laureate, and USBBY’s 2019 nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Award, the world’s largest children’s literature honor. She is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, including the Newbery Honor winner, The Surrender Tree, and PEN USA Award winner, The Lightning Dreamer. Her verse memoir, Enchanted Air, tells the story of her childhood summers in Cuba, where she developed a deep bond with her mother’s extended family, Cuban culture, and tropical nature.

Margarita’s books have received multiple Pura Belpré Awards and Honors, Américas Awards, Jane Addams Awards and Honors, Walter Award Honors, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award. Books for younger children include All the Way to Havana, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award winner, Drum Dream Girl.

Poet Laureate Seal

Margarita’s newest picture book is The Flying Girl, How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar. Margarita’s newest young adult book is Jazz Owls, a Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots. In September, 2018, A Dog Named Haku, a Holiday Story From Nepal will be released, co-authored with Amish Karanjit and Nicole Karanjit.

Margarita lives in central California with her husband and his search and rescue dogs.

Upcoming Appearances

Join Margarita at these events:

  • September 28, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Institute Breakfast for Bill speaker, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • October 27, 2018
    Margarita will be the keynote speaker at the Children's Literature Council Southern California Fall Gala, in Los Angeles, CA.
  • October 25, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Green Earth Book Award, in Washington, D.C.
  • November 15-18, 2018
    Margarita will be at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)Convention, in Houston, TX.
  • April 3-5, 2019
    Margarita will be the Keynote Lecture at the Kaigler Book Festival, Southern Mississippi University.

Don't Miss...

Poetry teaching tips and bilingual reading:

Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle offers two new videos on poetry teaching tips for teachers and a bilingual reading for children. Click on image for link to the videos:

Young People's Poet Laureate Podcast:

Margarita Engle on the subject of her poetry, and her message to young readers.


August 2018

All the Way to Havana is included in the September issue of Parents Magazine.

July 2018


Watch Margarita's appearance on The Van Show of The Austin Public Library, that was filmed during the Texas Library Association Conference this year.

Listen to Margarita's radio interview about Jazz Owls, for the Takeaway (WNYC).

June 2018

Book news:

Soaring Earth is Margarita's new book that will be published in February 26, 2019.

April 2018

Book news:

  • Forest World is the winner of the 2018 Green Earth Book Award for Children's Fiction.
  • Curriculum Guide for The Flying Girl is available for download in our Teachers Page
  • Coming soon in September: A Dog Named Haku, a Holiday Story From Nepal.

  • February 2018

    Book news:

  • SLJ starred review for Jazz Owls
  • Miguel's Brave Knight, Forest World, and Bravo are selected for the 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People list.

  • January 2018

    Book news:

  • Kirkus starred review on The Flying Girl
  • Kirkus starred review on the translation of the book Miguel's Brave Knight, Miguel Y Su Valiente Caballero
  • Forest World is the 2018 Walter Honor, Younger Readers Category

  • November 15, 2017

    Book news:

  • Spanish editions of Lion Island and Forest World will both be available in 2019.
  • Bravo! is on the 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List and St. Catherine University's Nonfiction Best List
  • All the Way to Havana is a Cybils Award Nominee

  • October 30, 2017

    Cover reveal for Jazz Owls, a searing novel in verse about the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943.

    October 11, 2017

    Margarita's interview with Time for Kids (10/06/2017 issue) on how her love of science and her experience as a Cuban American inspired her novel, Forest World

    August 30, 2017

    Miguel's Brave Knight is star reviewed on School Library Journal September 2017 issue.

    August 11, 2017

    Margarita and Mike Curato's interview on their new book, All the Way to Havana, on Publishers Weekly.

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