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Coming Soon

March 2018

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Margarita Engle is the national Young People's Poet Laureate, and the first Latino to receive that honor. She is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Lightning Dreamer, a PEN USA Award winner. Her verse memoir, Enchanted Air, received the Pura Belpré Award, Golden Kite Award, Walter Dean Myers Honor, and Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, among others. Drum Dream Girl received the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book text.

Her newest verse novel about the island is Forest World, and her newest picture books are All the Way to Havana, and Miguel's Brave Knight, Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote.

Poet Laureate Seal

Books forthcoming in 2018 include The Flying Girl, How Aida de Acosta learned to Soar, and Jazz Owls, a Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots.

Margarita was born in Los Angeles, but developed a deep attachment to her mother's homeland during childhood summers with relatives. She was trained as an agronomist and botanist as well as a poet and novelist. She lives in central California with her husband.

Photo: Marshall W. Johnson

Upcoming Appearances

Join Margarita at these events:

  • February 8, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Américas Award Webinar.
  • February 28, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Stanford University Teachers Workshop, in Palo Alto, California.
  • March 10-11, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Tucson Festival of Books, in Tucson, Arizona.
  • March 16, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Walter Awards, Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.
  • June 22-25, 2018
    Margarita will be at the American Library Association Annual Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • July 10, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Poetry Foundation's Summer Poetry Teachers Institute from 10 - 11:30 am, in Chicago, Illinois.
  • September 28, 2018
    Margarita will be at the ALSC Institute Breakfast for Bill speaker, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • October 2018
    Margarita will be the keynote speaker at the Children's Literature Council Southern California event, in Los Angeles.
  • April 3-5, 2019
    Margarita will be the Keynote Lecture at the Kaigler Book Festival, Southern Mississippi University.
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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.

Book trailer for All the Way to Havana

Source: All the Wonder

The Spanish Scholastic Book Club edition of Drum Dream Girl

The Spanish Scholastic Book Club edition of Drum Dream Girl is now available

Paperback edition of Silver People

Paperback edition of Silver People is now available in bookstores!


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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