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Coming Soon

August 2019

October 2019

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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.

Poet Laureate Seal

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.       @YPPLaureate

Upcoming Appearances

Join Margarita at these events:

  • October 15-17, 2019
    Margarita will be at the Neustadt Festival to receive the NSK Neustadt Prize , University of Oklahoma.
  • February 2020
    Margarita will be the keynote speaker at the Charlotte Huck Festival in Redlands, California.

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.


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

September 2018

Six of Margarita's books were selected as recipients of the 2018 International Latino Book Awards:

  1. The Flying Girl - First Prize in the Best Nonfiction Picture Book category
  2. Bravo! - First Prize in the Best Educational Picture book category
  3. All the Way to Havana - First Prize in the Most Inspiring Picture Book category
  4. Forest World - First Prize in the Most Inspiring Chapter Book category
  5. Aire Encantado - First Prize in the Best Young Adult Translation Award (translation by Alexis Romay)
  6. Miguel's Brave Knight - Second Prize in the Best Nonfiction Picture Book category

August 2018

All the Way to Havana is included in the September issue of Parents Magazine.

July 2018


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).

June 2018

Book news:

Soaring Earth is Margarita's new book that will be published in February 26, 2019.

April 2018

Book news:

  • 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.

  • February 2018

    Book news:

  • 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.

  • January 2018

    Book news:

  • 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

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