“The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”
-from the website
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The 2023-2024 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is Meg Medina!

Her platform is “Cuéntame!: Let’s talk books.” And according to the website, this was “inspired by the phrase Spanish-speaking friends and families use to catch up with one another, “Cuéntame!” encourages connection amongst families, classrooms, libraries, and communities by talking about books—both those books that reflect the readers’ lived experiences and those books that expose readers to new perspectives.”

I have to admit I’m not really familiar with her books so I’m excited I have this ongoing Reading Challenge to read notable works by the current ambassador. But here are the ones I have read…

Mango, Abuela, and MeMango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you liked Last Stop on Market Street, you’ll enjoy this book. A girl’s grandma moves in and despite the language barrier they teach one another the language they speak. Touching.

Evelyn del Rey Is Moving AwayEvelyn del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Daniela’s best friend is moving away. They try and make the most of their last day together which isn’t hard because they have so much fun together. Unfortunately, too soon, Evelyn and her family have to go and it’s a bittersweet goodbye between two best friends. The illustrations are as evocative as the text.

Tia Isa Wants a CarTia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this because Meg Medina was recently appointed as the latest National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and I have a Reading Challenge to read their notable books as a way to celebrate.

This is a sweet story about a girl helping her aunt- her Tia Isa- buy the car of her dreams. It perfectly captures the immigrant family’s mindset (at least, it reminds me of my family) of having a dream that benefits others and postponing it for awhile to help others. And, of course, I loved seeing how the niece contributed.

She Persisted: Sonia SotomayorShe Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor by Meg Medina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been a fan of the She Persisted series ever since they’ve come out. These chapter books are great biographies to learn about some amazing women. I liked the section in the end of each book sharing ways the readers can emulate who they just read about.

Meg Medina has a short story “Sol Painting, Inc.” in this anthology…

Flying Lessons & Other StoriesFlying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great anthology that not only showcases diversity but will give readers an introduction to some of the finest YA writers around right now. I hope people will enjoy the stories and that they will reflect on their own stories- the ones that they alone can tell shaped by their unique background and culture and experiences.

Which of her books have you read that you would recommend?

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