Meg Medina

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Meg Medina
Meg Medina 2016.jpg
Medina at the 2016 Texas Book Fair
Known forYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Spouse(s)Javier Menéndez[1]
ChildrenCristina Menéndez
Sandra Menéndez
Alex Menéndez[1]

Meg Medina is a Cuban-American writer of picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult fiction. She has published six books and been included in multiple anthologies, and her work centers on Latina girls and Latino families.[2] The first of her family to be born in the US, she grew up in Queens, New York, where she met her husband Javier Menéndez.[1][3] Medina's parents both immigrated from Cuba prior to her birth, which serves as a large inspiration for her writing.[1] Her book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass has been banned in some areas due to its title.[4] In March 2014 Medina was placed on CNN's "10 Visionary Women" list as a "Reading Revolutionary".[4] She is a recipient of the Belpré Medal and the Newbery Medal, winning the latter for Merci Suárez Changes Gears.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award for Tia Isa Wants a Car (2012, won)[5]
  • Cybils Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2013, won)[6]
  • Pura Belpré Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014, won)[7]
  • CNN's "10 Visionary Women" list (2014)[4]
  • Latino Book Award for Best Young Adult Fiction Book (first place) for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014, won)[8]
  • Latino Book Award for Best Young Adult Fiction Book (second place) for The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind (2014, won)[8]
  • Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book (2016, for Mango, Abuela and Me)[9]
  • Southerner of the Year (2017)[10]
  • Newbery Medal (2019, for Merci Suárez Changes Gears)
  • Charlotte Huck Honor Book for (2019, for Merci Suárez Changes Gears)[11]



  1. ^ a b c d Lockwood, Sarah. "Meg Medina, Storyteller". Richmond Family Magazine. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. ^ Press, The Associated. "Richmond-area author Meg Medina wins Newbery Medal, the highest honor in children's books". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  3. ^ "Meg Medina on Winning the Newbery Medal". Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  4. ^ a b c "The CNN 10 Visionary Women list". CNN. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  5. ^ "2012 Winners". Ezra Jack Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Meg Medina (biography)". Library of Congress. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Yuyi Morales, Meg Medina win Pura Belpré Awards". ALA. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  8. ^ a b Diaz, Shelley. "Meg Medina, John Parra, and Others Honored at the Int'l Latino Book Awards". School Library Journal. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  9. ^ Alice. "Congratulations to the 2016 ALA Award Winners!". Vamos a Leer. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  10. ^ "Southerners of the Year 2017". Southern Living. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  11. ^ "Announcing the 2019 NCTE Children's Book Awards". NCTE. 2018-11-17. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  12. ^ "The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind". Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  13. ^ Chafin, Beverly. "Meg Medina's "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" Tackles the Subject of Teen Bullying". WFDD. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (SLJ Review)". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-20.

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