Newbery award winner and New York Times bestselling author

Meet Meg


Meg Medina is a Newbery and Pura Belpré award-winning author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of:

  • Merci Suárez Changes Gears, winner of the 2019 John Newbery Medal and the 2018 Charlotte Huck Honor medal;
  • Burn Baby Burn, long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award and short-listed for the Kirkus Prize and the Los Angeles Book Prize;
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Award, the 2013 CYBILS Fiction award and the International Latino Book Award for young adults;
  • The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, a 2012 Bank Street Best Book;
  • Mango, Abuela and Me, winner of the 2016  Pura Belpré Award honor medal for both writing and illustration; and 
  • Tía Isa Wants a Car, winner of the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal. 

Meg’s work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. She brings to audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that are universal. Her favorite protagonists are strong girls.

In March 2014, she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America. In November 2014, she was named one of Latino Stories Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch.  In 2017, she was named, along with Gigi Amateau, to the Southerners of the Year list by Southern Living Magazine.

When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.


Meg Medina is a Newbery and Pura Belpré award-winning author of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the author of Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which won the 2019 John Newbery medal and the 2018 Charlotte Huck honor. Her other books include:  Burn Baby Burn, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. Her picture books include Mango, Abuela and Me, and Tía Isa Wants a Car. 

Meg’s works have been called “heartbreaking,” “lyrical” and “must haves for every collection.”  Her work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.


Meg Medina is the Newbery and Pura Belpré Award-winning author of numerous works for children and teens. An advocate for Latinx readers and writers of every age, her work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. Her most recent novel, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, was awarded the John Newbery Medal in 2019 and is a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Richmond Virginia. 


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Comments on: "Meet Meg" (32)

  1. Liz Kelsch said:

    Hi Meg,

    We just talked about Poetry Speak Who I Am and I forgot to get your phone number and email so the editor can contact you about audio.

    Can you provide your contact info?

    Liz Kelsch

  2. Laurie Messer said:

    Hi Meg,

    I met you two years ago while taking a Children’s Literature class taught by Lucinda Whitehurst through the University Of Virginia School Of Continuing Studies. Our class had read Milagros: Girl from Away, and you were a guest speaker.

    I am currently enrolled in a class entitled “Writing Across the Curriculum,” and I am researching information on how to write a children’s book for an I-Search paper. I would very much like the opportunity to speak with you via telephone or email regarding how you began to publish your work. Please contact me via email and I will forward my contact information to you. Thank you so much.

    Warm Regards,
    Laurie Messer

    • Hi Laurie! I’m happy to help. I will be in touch with you next week.

      • joseph said:

        hola, como esta.. fíjate que hace poco estuviste en mi escuela y me a gustado mucho tu puede escribir en mi correo si no es mucha molestia la razón es que tengo mucha inquietudes..gracia antemanos

      • Hola Joseph – Perdona que demoré en mi respuesta. Por favor, dígame primero cual escuela?

  3. Laurie Messer said:

    Wonderful! Thank you so much! I look forward to speaking with you!

  4. Krista Dawson said:

    Enjoyed meeting you at Kathy Erskine’s talk last night! I am tickled that you have already tweeted about the Legos! Awesome.
    Hope to see you around! I will have to go read your books now that I know about them!

    • The pleasure was all mine. So glad you have had this wonderful idea of a play group like this. I’m happy to help children of all kinds — but I am very committed to those who have challenges of different types. Keep me posted! I’m happy to blog about good things that happen for kids!

  5. Kate Bradley-Ferrall said:

    Hi Meg, thank you again for the SCBWI consultation and the encouraging words about my chapter. I enjoyed your panel discussion as well. When you mentioned the kind and supportive writers’ community it really resonated because of the kindness you extended to me. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to turn around and extend it to another writer. With your words still on my mind, I will forge ahead and will finish the manuscript then go back to the first chapter. Thanks again. All the best, Kate Bradley-Ferrall (and Nixie, too:-)

    • Hi Kate! What a lovely thing to say. I am really looking forward to hearing that you’ve finished. Forge on! You have what it takes!

      • Kate Bradley-Ferrall said:

        Hi Meg, I wanted to let you know that I have finished my Nixie manuscript! It couldn’t have happened without your encouragement. There’s still a lot of work left, of course, but at least at the next SCBWI conference I can say “yes, I have a manuscript!” Thanks again for your support and confidence in my work. It truly came at a time when I needed it most. Congratulations on all your recent accomplishments. Looking forward to hearing about the book launch!
        Best, Kate Bradley-Ferrall

      • Go Kate! Finishing is most of the battle, believe it or not. Keep going…

  6. Hi! My name is Samantha and i am a book reviewer! I am the blogger of I was checking out your book, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, and it looks great! Do you have an ARC that i can read and review? I hope to hear from you soon!

    • Hola Samantha –

      I do not have an extra galley but I will ask my publisher if one can be sent. Is the info on your blog?

  7. I just stumbled on your blog through Facebook, Meg. Congratulations for getting it up and going. Hope to see you soon! Alison

  8. Julia "Judy" Critchfield said:

    Congratulations on your Ezra Jack Keats award! Being a retired school librarian, I still keep up with several sites concerning children’s books and forward them on to other employed librarians.When I received the monthly Ezra Jack Keats email, I noticed the contratulations notice of your having won the new writer’s award. I will admit, I might not have remembered your name, but when I saw the book cover, I knew who you were. I constructed the slide show of member’s books for the Fall SCBWI conference this past October. I remembered having communicated with you via email before including your book/s as part of the presentation. Again, Congratulations for your success with this book.

  9. Julia Grob said:

    To Whom It May Concern,

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  10. did you teach at Wellington Landings Middle School?

    • Yes, I did. Why? I am thinking back to students I taught named Doug. Did your family foster a little girl that you eventually adopted?

  11. Meg – hi! I am feeling guilty that I haven’t started your novel The Girl Who Could Silence The Wind — yet!! Thank you so much for reading LIE!!

    My direct email is…happy to give phone number if you email me there….or we can “talk” by email for your blog. Caroline

  12. Alejandra Shaw said:

    Hi Meg,

    I met you a couple of years ago at ArtWorks while my mother, Gloria Diaz, was exhibiting her paintings and you had a rental space with your books and literary information.
    The reason why I am contacting you is that while my mother has always loved her painting, she has developed a passion for writing, and recently she finished her first novel. Needless to say, it is now when the interesting part begins. With your expertise and knowledge I would love to have the opportunity to meet with you, or talk over the phone, to get your advice on the steps to follow in the whole process for publishing a book.
    Or we could meet at a café, for instance. If that is not possible and you would rather call me or contact me via email, please feel free to reach me at: After receiving your email I will forward my telephone number and personal information.

    Look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Alex & Gloria

  13. Meredith said:

    Hi Meg

    Just finished reading “Tia Isa Wants a Car” with my son. He wants to know if Ysaira Metauten is still alive?

    • Hi Meredith –

      Yes, tía Isa is still living, although she is quite old. 80, to be exact, and she lives with me and my family.

  14. Meredith said:

    Thanks Meg, I passed along the info to my son. He was very intrigued by her story.

  15. Margie Vaughan said:

    I heard you speak Friday at the VRSA reading conference about your books, family, and background. I was touched to the very soul. All immigrant families have so much in common ever if they are not from the same culture. My grandparents are from Italy but so much of what you said was also my families experiences. Also, my mother is from Queens, Ozone Park.

    • Thanks for joining me, Margie! I remember you exactly. Yes, in so many ways the story of immigration is essentially the same for all of us and brings out the heroic, the strange and the memorable. Ozone Park! Wow… That is a great coincidence

  16. Sean Stinson said:

    Hi I think u were my 6th grade social studies teacher at is 227Q.. Sean Stinson

    • Hi Sean! Of course I remember you. (Very tall and thin…you lived a few blocks from the school, and I think your grandmother lived with you and your mom.) How wonderful to hear from you!

      • wow. you are correct. i happened to see your name on one of my friends Facebook page as a writer. In my head i was like this can’t be my fav 6th grade teacher. Glad to see that it is you and that you are doing well..

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