The Lightning Dreamer has been chosen by the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature as a Best Multicultural Book of 2013.
The Lightning Dreamer is a Teaching for Change 2013 Favorite
The Lightning Dreamer has been named one of School Library Journal's Top Ten Latino-themed Books for 2013.
Silver People advanced review:
- Author Angelica Carpenter posted a five star advance review of Silver people on Goodreads (and shared it on her facebook page).
- The December issue of VOYA will have a VOYA Perfect Ten (5Q/5P) advance review of Silver people!
- The December issue of Anansesem will have an interview with Margarita, about Silver People.
- The December issue of Rethinking Schools.
- Margarita's newest book, Silver People, Voices From the Panama Canal, will be a Junior Library Guild selection in their Spring 2014 catalog.
- Book update: Tiny Rabbit's BIG WISH, Margarita's new picture book that will be released in March 2014 by Harcourt, will also be published in Japan, by Iwasaki.
- Mountain Dog has been selected as one of the Kirkus Best Book of the Year for 2013!
- Wonderful review of The Wild Book and Tropical Secrets, on De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children website.
Mountain Dog has been nominated for the Middle Grade Fiction category of the Cybils Award 2013
Margarita enjoyed a Skyped school visit to ESL and AP Spanish classes at Lake Park High School, Illinois.
- Summer Birds has been selected for Scholastic's Quest For Knowledge science packet.
- Margarita's upcoming book,Silver People, Voices From the Panama Canal will be published in Australia and New Zealand by the University of Queensland Press, along with U.S. publication by Harcourt, in 2014.
- Both Hurricane Dancers and The Wild Book will be available in paperback in Fall 2013.
- The Lightning Dreamer was featured in a video and interview on the No Water River poetry blog
- Mountain Dog was featured in a School Library Journal article called "Tough Stuff," about middle grade books that face up to difficult subjects.
- One of Margarita's poems about endangered sea turtles is included in this wonderful new anthology about climate change, Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming.
- A new review of The Poet Slave of Cuba is featured on Smithsonian Institute's Book Dragon blog.
Check out these blog articles highlighting Margarita's newest book, The Mountain Dog:
Margarita has joined the community of friends of the Foundation Cuatrogatos. Her book, The Surrender Tree, is included among the 50 books for children and young people by Latin authors titled "De raíces y sueños", by Cuatrogatos and the CEPLI of the University of Castilla - La Mancha.
Margarita has also joined Authors For Earth Day. The organization provide assistance to teachers to host authors for an Earth Day school visit.
This is the beautiful new Korean (Borim Press) edition of Tropical Secrets. The cover is wonderfully redesigned while keeping the original artwork. It's great to see how far a book can travel!
The Lightning Dreamer has been nominated for YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.
Book Release Updates:
- Margarita's newest book, Mountain Dog, have an official release date of August 27. Mark your calendar and contact your local bookstore to get your copy!
- Paperback edition of Hurricane Dancers will be released by publisher Square Fish in winter 2014.
- The Poet Slave of Cuba and The Surrender Tree are on a new Bank Street list of read-aloud books recommended for older kids.
- Visit Robyn Hood Black's website for her interview with Margarita about verse novels.
- Margarita spoke to children at a North Fresno Church youth group about wilderness search and rescue dogs, and introduced her new book, Mountain Dog.
- Check out Margarita's interview on her book When You Wander at Annemarie O'Brien's blog, Dog Reads, a blog that features interviews with authors who’ve written stories for kids with a key canine character.
Check out few of Margarita's favorite poetry books selection for younger and older children on Latinas4Literature's blog.
July 11, 2013
During the first week of July, Margarita served as a guest author for the University of Wisconsin's online course, Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage. The Poet Slave of Cuba was the focus of class discussions.
June 10, 2013
Happy Caribbean-American Heritage Month!
- Margarita is the featured author on Children's Literature Comprehensive Database's June newsletter.
- One of Margarita's poem from Hurricane Dancers is featured on Robyn Hood Black's Poetry Friday
- Hurricane Dancers is featured on Children's Book-A-Day Almanac.
May 24, 2013
Click here to read a new five star review of Margarita's new book,The Lightning Dreamer.
Great news! The Wild Book has been chosen as one of Bankstreet's Best Children's Book of the Year.
April 30, 2013
Click here to read Kirkus Reviews of Margarita's new picture book,When You Wander.
Margarita's The Wild Book has been chosen as one of five bilingual books recommended for National Poetry Month by NBCLatino. The book was also spotlighted by The Horn Book as notable novel in verse to celebrate poetry.
Margarita's interview on The Lightning Dreamer with Kidsbiographer's Blog, can be read through this link.
Enid Lee, co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays, selected three titles at Teaching for Change's bookstore at Busboys and Poets while in town yesterday: "Surrender Tree" by Margarita Engle, "There Is Nothing Wrong with Black Students" by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, and the graphic novel version of "Race to Incarcerate". Learn about the work of Enid Lee.
Margarita will be participating in Latinas4LatinoLiterature's Día Blog Hop. Her article will be posted on April 12.
UPDATE: The link for Margarita's article.
April 5, 2013
Margarita's haiku is featured on tinywords, an international, daily magazine of haiku and micropoetry.
March 22, 2013
Visit Campaign for the American Reader blog to read two articles by Margarita:
Also, check out this video of Margarita's interview with CBS 47 on March 21, 2013:
Update! The paperback edition of The Wild Book will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2014.
- Margarita will guest blog on couple of sites about The Lightning Dreamer. Visit Women's History Month and The Hispanic Reader, on March 19.
- Margarita served as the judge for the Oregon Book Awards' Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children's Literature. Winners will be announced on their website in April.
- She also served as one of the round one judges for School Library Journal's Battle of the Books, where Margarita's selection will be posted on March 12. The winning book will be announced on their website in April.
- One of Margarita's haiku was included in Haiku 21, an anthology of contemporary English-language haiku (edited by Lee Gurga & Scott Metz, 2011, Modern Haiku Press).
- Two of Margarita's poems are included in a new poetry anthology for middle school-age children compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Click here for more information about the book.
Click here to watch Margarita receiving the 2012 Americas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature, at the Library of Congress.
February 15, 2013
A glowing review for The Lightning Dreamer from the Kirkus Review. Read it here.
February 8, 2013
Margarita spoke to 1400 children, ranging from 3rd grade through middle school, as part of the amazing Words Take Wing program at U.C. Davis. She was also featured for the event, by local news outlet, The Davis Enterprise. Read the article here.
January 30, 2013
The Wild Book won the 2013 Mock Belpre from the Heartland chapter of Reforma, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.
January 20, 2013
Margarita had a wonderful time speaking about The Firefly Letters to an enthusiastic Fresno area book club hosted by Denise Sciandra on January 17. She was amazed and grateful for the ease with which this particular book crosses over from young adult reading to women's book clubs!
The Wild Book is also featured on Poetry for Children blog as one of the favorite poetry for young people 2012 list.
Paperback edition of The Wild Book will be released by Harcourt this fall.
The Lightning Dreamer was reviewed and featured in Books to Build Connections to Latino Culture for K-10 article, on School Library Journal's website.
January 1, 2013
Visit Haiku Prayer's website to read the first three tanka of Margarita's haiku.
Thank you to Teaching for Change's Bookstore at Busboy and Poets, for selecting Margarita's book, The Wild Book, as one of their 2012 staff favorites. Visit their website to see their complete selections.
From A Book Barn's Picture Book Festival on November 10, Margarita with her granddaughter, Izabella, and one of the Tail Waggin' Tutors dog.
(Left) Margarita with her search and rescue dogs. Click here to check out Margarita's new dog-themed books.
Margarita will be featured in The ALAN Review issue 40:1 (page 64-69) in an article titled, Invitational History in Margarita Engle's The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, by Zaira Aruelo.
The Lightning Dreamer is a novel in verse about Cuba's great abolitionist/feminist poet, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, who was world-famous in her lifetime, but has been forgotten by history.
- The Poet Slave of Cuba was featured as one of the books on Read-Aloud Alert: Biographies as Read-Alouds article, under the subject of Slavery.
- During Margarita's Author-in Residence week on September, for the Education Department at University of California - Davis, she really enjoyed speaking to student teachers and their mentor teachers.
She participated in a fun Family Writing Night at Korematsu Elementary School, where she read from Summer Birds and an advanced review copy of When You Wander. Margarita also introduced the tanka form of poetry, so that parents and children could write their own short poems together. They left with beautifully illustrated mini-anthologies of their own short poems!
Original: August 17
Coming just in time for the 2012-2013 school year, a new poetry anthology, The Poetry Friday Anthology, is available now. This anthology includes three of Margarita's poems, along with more than 200 original poems for children in kindergarten through fifth grade by 75 popular poets including J. Patrick Lewis, Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yolen, Margarita Engle, X. J. Kennedy, Kathi Appelt, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Georgia Heard and Nikki Grimes and many more.
The cover of Margarita's next novel in verse, The Lightning Dreamer, to be published by Harcourt in spring, 2013. It tells the story about Cuba's great abolitionist poet, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.
Margarita was the featured guest blogger at TeachingBooks.net. Click here to read her article on Writing Historical Novels in Verse, and see a picture of 'Fefa' that inspires Margarita's The Wild Book.
Follow this link to hear Margarita sharing some of the backstory for The Wild Book.
Margarita was recently invited as a speaker for Ms. Nicole Karanjit's ESL (English as Second Language) classes, at the American English Institute:
- Speaking about The Wild Book at the Reading and Vocabulary class.
- Discussing both of Margarita's rescue dog-themed books, Because of Shoe and When You Wander, at the America Culture Camp for Chinese students and California Experience Camp for Taiwanese students. Margarita also brought along her retired search-and-rescue dog, Maggi, for both presentations.
Read Margarita's response to receiving the Pura Belpré Honor for Hurricane Dancers at 2012 America Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition last month, by La Bloga's blog.
Photo © http://labloga.blogspot.com/
Margarita was at the 2012 America Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, California. Her book, Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Shipwreck is one of the Pura Belpre Author Honor book for this year. She also participated in YA Author Coffee Klatch (YALSA) and book signing sessions. Thanks to all that came out to meet her at ALA!
Margarita was one of the guest speaker at Asian Festival of Children's Content in Singapore, on May 26-29. She also had the chance to see a wildlife refuge for rescued orangutans in Sarawak.
Hurricane Dancers has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2012 Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. The announcement of the award winners and other commended titles will be released soon through Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
This is Margarita's newest picture book to be published in March 2013 by Holt/Macmillan. We'll post updates on the website as the book progresses.
Margarita is one of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) Author and Illustrator Ambassadors.
Watch Margarita reading from The Wild Book and The Surrender Tree on Pat Mora's BookJoy! website.
A word from Margarita on Children’s Day/Book Day:
April 30, 2012 marks the sixteenth anniversary of a visionary program launched by poet Pat Mora, in cooperation with REFORMA and now housed at the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of ALA. Children’s Day/Book Day has grown into a national day of festivities. Schools, museums, bookstores, and libraries host events promoting books and celebrating the joy of reading.
When I try to describe my own love of books, I feel like I could go on and on for pages, writing about the profound role that reading played in my childhood. Adventurous trips to the public library. School assignments that were so challenging and enjoyable, I thought I had to keep my delight secret, to avoid being teased by less bookish kids. Stories. Poems. Travel books. Plays. The variety was thrilling!
The variety of books available to children and their families should always be thrilling. Whether we are writers, teachers, students, parents, librarians, or simply readers from any far-flung branch of the world’s varied careers, let’s all remember to celebrate April 30.
Happy Children’s Day/Book Day! Happy reading!
- Margarita's books are included in some of the lists of recommended poetry books, in Sylvia Vardell's The Poetry Teacher's Book of Lists.
- Margarita is one of the nine authors contributing to a new dog stories anthology Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories.
Click on the image to enlarge.
Read Margarita's 5Q Poet Interview Series for National Poetry Month at Poetry for Children's website.
- Hurricane Dancers is on the 2012 WHITE RAVENS LIST. This is a list of outstanding international books for children and young adults, named by the Internationale Jugendbibliothek, or International Youth Library, in Munich, Germany. The list was presented at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy, consists of 250 titles from 40 countries, and will appear in a catalogue available at www.ijb.de.
- Margarita was featured on TV program Channel 47 On Your Side with Zara Arboleda.
- Margarita was interviewed about The Wild Book, by La Vida en el Valle newspaper, for an upcoming article
Margarita was invited to speak to graduate students enrolled in California State University Fresno's Master's in Education program. The students are public school teachers who are preparing to become reading specialists. They were a wonderful audience!
March 3, 2012
- Visit Jama's Alphabet Soup website in March, to read Margarita's poem about food on Alphabet Soup Poetry Potluck. Thank you Jama Rattigan for the invitation to contribute to the site!
- On March 23rd, Margarita will be interviewed on Channel 47 On Your Side, with Zara Arboleda at 6 am, with some sort of book giveaway
- Visit KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month website on March 23, to read Margarita's post about The Firefly Letters for Celebrate Women's History Month.
- Exciting news: Margarita will be one of the Author Ambassadors for the American Library Association's Día de los Niños, promoting bilingual literacy. More info coming soon.
- More exciting news: Margarita is honored to be included on a future/upcoming version of Notable Women Timeline on the Girl Scouts of U.S.A. website.
January 26, 2012
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Shipwreck is a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book and ALSC 2012 Notable Children's Book for older readers!
See complete list of the winners and honorees for this year here. Margarita will be presented with this award in June, at the ALA conference in Anaheim.
January 16, 2012
The Wild Book is now available for pre-order wherever books are sold. Reserve you copy now!
Excerpts of reviews of The Wild Book:
- "...The author gives readers a portrait of a tumultuous period in Cuban history and skillfully integrates island flora, fauna and mythology into Fefa’s first-person tale..." (Kirkus -- a starred review!)
- "... beautiful collection of poems that together tell the story of a young girl’s challenge with language, and it is much more. We learn the history and culture of Cuba, and the power and importance of family..." (VOYA)
Click here to read complete reviews of the book.
January 9, 2012
Recent reviews: Gathering Books Blog wrote another review of Margarita's book, The Poet Slave of Cuba.
January 2, 2012
- There are some reviews from the advance reader copy of Margarita's newest book The Wild Book (will be published in March 2012), some of them can be viewed on Goodreads.
- Also, a very nice blog comment about several of Margarita books, including the upcoming The Wild Book was posted on the Gathering Books blog.
- Margarita's book, Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Shipwreck, was chosen as one of Top 20 Most Distinctive Books of Poetry 2011 by Sylvia Vardell of Poetry For Children.
December 20, 2011
Click image on the left to see how Margarita's book, The Firefly Letters, inspired Ms. Shearer's 8th grade English students, from Calhoun Middle School in Texas.
November 1, 2011
Margarita did a guest blog on the Kidsbiographer's Blog, on 'Choosing Voices'. Read it here.
October 2011 - Book News!
* The Korean edition of Summer Birds is now in print
* Thank you for all the reviewers, librarians, and teachers that have requested an ARC of Margarita's upcoming book The Wild Book. Please let us know what you think of the book.
Recent and upcoming reviews:
- Kidsbiographer's Blog wrote a review of Summer Bird and did an interview with Margarita about biographical writing.
- Renowned poet Nikki Grimes wrote a wonderful entry about Hurricane Dancers on her blog.
- An e-book anthology for young children will include one of Margarita's poems. Gift Tag, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, will be available on time for the holidays.
For purchase information, visit www.poetrytagtime.com.
- There will be an article about The Poet Slave of Cuba in an upcoming issue of Sankofa, a Journal of African Children's and Young Adult Literature.
- On October 23, Margarita spoke in a plenary session of the International Board on Books for Young People Regional Conference, in Fresno, along with author Adwaa Badoe from Ghana.
- On October 19, Margarita spoke to a group of Fresno school librarians at Liddell School.
- On October 1, Margarita signed copies of her books at Petunia's Place Bookstore in celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month, along with author Gary Soto.
September 24, 2011
Margarita's poem is featured in a new poetry anthology, P*TAG (PoetryTagTime), along with 31 other YA poets and verse novelists like, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paul Janeczko, Helen Frost, Joyce Sidman, current Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and Lee Bennett Hopkins.
This anthology is available to download in e-book/digital format. For more information, visit Poetry Tag Time's website.
August 25, 2011
Margarita was the guest speaker for a book club, unofficially called the Bad Girls Book Club, from Madera, CA. For their meetings, members of the book club read different books and recommend them to each other, rather than discussing a single book. At this meeting, each member read different books written by Margarita. The event was organized by Janet Claassen, a retired librarian and dedicated Friends of the Library volunteer.
Special thanks for Petunia's Place Bookstore, the only independent children's bookstore in Fresno, for staying open late to host the club.
July 30, 2011
Margarita and her works will be featured on these future publications:
* Poetry Tag Time for Teens, an e-book anthology, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (September 2011, Poetry For Children)
* The new edition of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America (Harper Collins, March, 2012). Margarita will be featured in this book as the first Latina Newbery Honor recipient.
July 7, 2011
June 26, 2011
Margarita received a Pura Belpré Honor for The Firefly Letters at the American Libraries Association (ALA) Annual Convention, in New Orleans.
She also spoke at a breakfast in honor of the Amelia Bloomer Top Ten List.
Check out Margarita's video interview with Colorín Colorado, as Margarita discusses her childhood memories of Cuba and the ways in which her quest for her own heritage led to the discovery of these unforgettable heroes and heroines.
May 9, 2011
Margarita was one of the speakers at the International Reading Association (IRA) Annual Convention, in Orlando. She was also there to introduce the International Reading Association's Notable Books for a Global Society list. The Firefly Letters is one of the books on this year's list.
May 4, 2011
The Firefly Letters is selected as the Américas Award Honorable Mention.
The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. See complete list of the winners and honors here.
April 15, 2011
Update (June 7): Click here to read an article on Margarita by Sylvia Vardell.
Margarita participated in the Texas Library Association's Annual Conference's Poetry Round Up, reading her works along with other contemporary poets, and hosted by Sylvia Vardell of Poetry for Children blog
Margarita's new book, Hurricane Dancers, the First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck, is out on stores this month.
Get your copy from local bookstore or order it online, and read about Quebrado's adventures in the Caribbean Sea