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Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, memoirs, and picture books, including The Surrender Tree, Enchanted Air, Drum Dream Girl, and Dancing Hands. Awards include a Newbery Honor, Pura Belpré, Golden Kite, Walter, Jane Addams, and NSK Neustadt , among others. Margarita served as the 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her most recent books include Your Heart, My Sky and A Song of Frutas. Light for All and Rima’s Rebellion are forthcoming.

Margarita was born in Los Angeles, but developed a deep attachment to her mother’s homeland during childhood summers with relatives on the island. She studied agronomy and botany along with creative writing, and now lives in central California with her husband.

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Upcoming Appearances

Join Margarita at these events:


July 2021

New Book Announcement

Rima's Rebellion is an inspiring coming-of-age story about a girl falling in love for the first time while finding the courage to protest for women’s right to vote in 1920s Cuba. This novel will be published in February 2022



June 2021

New Book Announcement

Margarita's latest collaboration with award-winning illustrator Raúl Colón, will be published in October 2021.
Light for All is a lyrical and unifying picture book that celebrates the immigrant experience in America.



Margarita's upcoming picture book A Song of Frutas is called 'A joyful celebration of Cuban tradition and family ties' in a starred review from Kirkus.




March 2021

Margarita's new YA verse novel Your Heart, My Sky is now available through online retailer or your local bookstores.

This book has been recently featured on Kirkus Most Anticipated Books of 2021 and YA Buzz Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Books of 2021.




February 2021

Margarita has been invited to participate in creating IBBY International Children's Day Poster 2021. She wrote the text and translation of the inspirational message on the poster, which is available on the USBBY newsletter.

Margarita co-curated the first-ever young readers issue of Poetry Magazine from the Poetry Foundation, along with Jacqueline Woodson and Naomi Shihab Nye.


November 2020

New book cover reveal on SLJ's Fuse 8 for Margarita's new picture book A Song of Frutas, and its Spanish language edition Un pregón de frutas , to be published August 3, 2021.

Spanish language edition for The Flying Girl (La joven aviadora) will be published on May 4, 2021.



October 2020

Spanish language version for Soaring Earth (La Tierra al Vuelo) is now available at your local bookstore or online.

Spanish language version of Dancing Hands (Manos que bailan) will be released on May 21, 2021.

Award News: Margarita is honored to be nominated for 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Margarita was included in League of Women Voters of Fresno County's exhibit titled 100 Notable Women Who Made a Difference in Fresno County.

August 2020

Spanish language version of Soaring Earth (La Tierra al Vuelo) will be published on October 6, 2020. Find it at your local bookstores or online.

New book cover reveal for Margarita's new YA verse novel Your Heart, My Sky, to be published March 23, 2021.

April 2020

Both Dancing Hands and Soaring Earth are selected as Bank Street's 2020 Best Children's Books of the Year.

Award News: Jazz Owls has been selected to receive Honor Award for Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Teens.

March 2020

Bilingual Spanish edition board book of Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics/Poemas sobre Hispanos Extraordinarios is now available at bookstores near you or online.

February 2020

With A Star in My Hand is now available at bookstores near you or online, in both English and Spanish (Con Una Estrella en La Mano).

Award news: Dancing Hands won the Pura Belpré Award for illustration. Congratulations to Rafael López!

October 2019

Dreams From Many Rivers is now available at bookstores near you or online.

August 2019

Dancing Hands is now available at bookstores near you or online.

March 2019

Soaring Earth is now available at bookstores near you or online.

Bravo! will soon be available as a simplified bilingual board book!

Now also available in Spanish language editions:

November 2018

Margarita Engle received the 2018 Armin R. Schulz Literacy Award presented by the California Reading Association, for contribution and use of teaching literature that promotes social justice.

Read Margarita's newest interview on A Dog named Haku, A Holiday Story from Nepal, from Kitaabworld.

October 2018

Margarita Engle named winner of the 2019 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

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