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Coming Soon

April 2023

Now Available

Books About Animals

Photo: Amish Karanjit

Margarita with her search and rescue dogs, Chance (yellow Lab) and Maggi (Aussie/heeler cross).

A Holiday Story from Nepal

It's the Festival of Lights in Nepal, and today is the day to honor dogs! Brothers Alu and Bhalu wander the streets of Kathmandu, passing by twirling kites and bamboo swings, looking for a dog to feed. But as night falls, their task begins to feel hopeless, until they spot a small black dog who is in need of a friend.
This sweet story presents an important Hindu holiday through the eyes of two young boys, making it relatable for both those familiar with the holiday and those reading about it for the first time.

Coming soon in September 2018.


  • Core Mosaic Program Selection, New York City Dept. of Education

A Story in Poems

Released in March 2015, this picture book tells an exuberant orangutan celebration written in bold poems in the tanka style.

This book was inspired by Margarita's visit to a wildlife refuge in the Malaysian part of Borneo. A portion of royalties will go to the Orangutan Legacy Forest on the Indonesian side of Borneo.

Book trailer for Orangutanka by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Renee Kurilla


  • 2016 Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • NCTE Notable Poetry Book
  • 2015 Cybils Award Nominee
  • Booklist review here


Margarita's new animal-themed picture book for young children was released in March 2014 by Harcourt.

The Japanese edtion of the book is published by Iwasaki.

The official book trailer for Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish


A Search-and-Rescue Dog Story

Margarita's new dog-themed picture book for young children is available in stores now.

This cozy story gently teaches children what to do if they lose their way, and reassures them that a search-and-rescue dog can find them wherever they are. And once a child is found, the dog will bring people to make sure that everyone gets home safe and sound.

Full of interesting facts about search-and-rescue dogs and tips for young children in case they get lost, When You Wander is a fascinating peek into the world of these amazing dogs and the children they save.

Click here to order a copy of the book.


Margarita's dog-themed chapter book in verse for 8 to 12 year old readers, is available in stores now. It is an expanded version of Margarita's Trail Magic story in the Because of Shoe anthology.

When Tony’s mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move—Tony’s new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against a remote and remarkable backdrop, the scars from Tony’s troubled past begin to heal.

With his Tió and a search-and-rescue dog named Gabe by his side, he learns how to track wild animals, is welcomed to the Cowboy Church, and makes new friends at the Mountain School. Most importantly though, it is through Gabe that Tony discovers unconditional love for the first time, in Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle.

Read excerpt from the book.

The official book trailer for Mountain Dog