Margarita Engle is the 2017-2019 national Young People’s Poet Laureate, the winner of the 2019 NSK Neustadt International Prize, and a 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award nominee.
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 recipient. Drum Dream Girl received the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book text. Other awards include multiple Pura Belpré Awards, Américas Awards, the Jane Addams Award, Golden Kite Award, Walter Dean Myers Honors, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, and Green Earth Book Awards, among others.
Her next young adult book is Soaring Earth, a February, 2019 sequel to her verse memoir, Enchanted Air, which won numerous awards. Her next picture book is Dancing Hands, When Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln (illustrated by Rafael López, Fall 2019).
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. She lives in central California with her husband and his wilderness search and rescue dogs.
Join Margarita at these events:
- 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.
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.
Margarita Engle named winner of the 2019 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature
Six of Margarita's books were selected as recipients of the 2018 International Latino Book Awards:
- The Flying Girl - First Prize in the Best Nonfiction Picture Book category
- Bravo! - First Prize in the Best Educational Picture book category
- All the Way to Havana - First Prize in the Most Inspiring Picture Book category
- Forest World - First Prize in the Most Inspiring Chapter Book category
- Aire Encantado - First Prize in the Best Young Adult Translation Award (translation by Alexis Romay)
- Miguel's Brave Knight - Second Prize in the Best Nonfiction Picture Book category
All the Way to Havana is included in the September issue of Parents Magazine.
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).
Soaring Earth is Margarita's new book that will be published in February 26, 2019.
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.
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.
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