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Coming Soon

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Welcome


Margarita Headshot

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:

  • October 19, 2017
    Margarita will deliver the Spencer Shaw Lecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
  • October 20-21, 2017
    Margarita will be participating in a poetry panel at the USBBY Conference in Seattle, Washington.
  • November 3-4, 2017
    Margarita will be reading and speaking at the Texas Book Festival in Austin.
  • November 15-19, 2017
    Margarita will be speaking at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference in San Francisco, California.
  • March 10-11, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Tucson Festival of Books, in Tucson, Arizona.
  • June 22-25, 2018
    Margarita will be at the American Library Association Annual Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • July 9, 2018
    Margarita will be at the Chicago Teachers Institute, Poetry Foundation.
  • September 28, 2018
    Margarita will be at the ALSC Institute Breakfat 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.
  • October 2019
    Margarita will be the keynote speaker at the Picture Book Summit.

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!

News

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.



July 30, 2017

Sneak peek cover of Aire Encantado, the Spanish version of Enchanted Air. Click on the image for the full size.


The Lightning Dreamer is featured on Barnes & Noble Teen Blog's 50 Crucial Feminist YA Books list.



July 29, 2017

Miguel's Brave Knight is featured on the Kid Lit Frenzy's Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge and starred review from Kirkus.


All the Way to Havana is featured on Here Wee Read's Ultimate 2017 Diverse Summer Reading List.



June 16, 2017

Lion Island is selected as a finalist in the 2017 International Latino Book Awards and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Book selection.






May 11, 2017

Margarita has been selected as the 2017-2019 Young People�s Poet Laureate, and the first Latino to receive that honor.

Follow Margarita's updates on Young People's Poet Laureate's Twitter feed @YPPLaureate




April 26, 2017

Sneak peek of The Flying Girl's book cover, with illustration by Sara Palacios.

This book is scheduled to be published in March 2018.




April 17, 2017

Margarita, along with 29 other poets, are featured on Bookology's Poetry Mosaic which feature audio reading of a new poem for every day in April.

Coming soon... Spanish language edition for Lion Island, Forest World, and Miguel's Brave Knight.

Recent reviews for Margarita's books:

  • Bravo: Poems about Amazing Hispanics, was featured in the New York Times Book Review. Follow this link to see more honors for this book.
  • Enchanted Air, is on the William Allen White Kansas Award Master List. Follow this link to see more honors for this book.
  • Lion Island, is a CCBC Choice book. Follow this link to see more honors for this book.
  • Drum Dream Girl, is on the NYPL list of Yo Soy Latina Recommended Reads. Follow this link to see more honors for this book.

  • March 15, 2017

    Official cover of Forest World, a new middle grade novel in verse by Margarita with art by Joe Cepeda. It tells the story of a Cuban-American boy who visits his family�s village in Cuba for the first time�and meets a sister he didn�t know he had.

    This book is scheduled to be published in August 2017.




    February 6, 2017

    Cover reveal for Margarita's new book Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote with illustration by Ra�l Col�n, on School Library Journal's A Fuse 8 Production. This book is scheduled to be released in October 2017.




    January 24, 2017

    Drum Dream Girl won the Carnegie Medal for best children's video. The video was produced by Ryan Swenar of Dreamscape Media, LLC.





    January 20, 2017

    Read Margarita's new essay When Bilingual Book Dreams Come True posted on Nerdy Book Club, about her bilingual books publishing journey. .





    January 14, 2017

    Margarita's new book, Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics, will be realeased in English and Spanish edition on March 2017. The book has received a starred review from School Library Journal.





    December 5, 2016

    Margarita wrote an article for Bridges to/from Cuba on 'her passion and motivation for writing about history�s unsung heroes and forgotten poets who�ve struggled for change through non-violence in often hopeless situations'.



    November 15, 2016

    Save the date for January 25, 2017 release of Morning Star Horse. This book will be published in three versions for English, Spanish, and bilingual English/Spanish by HBE Publishing.




    October 15, 2016

    The Spanish Scholastic Book Club edition of Drum Dream Girl, is now available. A Scholastic Book Club edition of The Sky Painter is pending publication.

    Vamos a Leer created a bilingual teaching guide for the dual language edition of The Surrender Tree/El �rbol de la Rendici�n that can be used for teachers/classroom.

    Margarita has been appointed to the Advisory Board of Anansesem, the Journal of Caribbean Children�s Literature.

    September 23, 2016

    New curriculum guide for Lion Island, can be downloaded for teachers/classroom use.




    September 3, 2016

    Official cover for Margarita's new picture, All The Way to Havana, to be published in August 2017. Click on the image for close-up view.


    July 8, 2016

    Lion Island received a wonderful review from Booklist. Read it here.

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