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Meg Medina

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Meg Medina is a New York Times bestselling author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the 2019 winner of the Newbery medal for MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS and a two-time winner of the Pura Belpré award, in 2015 (honor) for her picture book, MANGO, ABUELA AND ME, and in 2014 (fiction medal) for her young adult novel, YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS. She is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture book TIA ISA WANTS A CAR. Her 2016 novel, BURN BABY BURN, was a NAIBA YA Book of the Year, a finalist for both the Kirkus Prize and the Los Angeles Book Prize,...

Samantha Cleaver

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Dr. Samantha Cleaver has worked in education for more than a decade. Her experience, as a teacher, school leader, researcher, and parent, all contributes to her writing for parents and teachers. She, like many teachers and teachers-at-heart, loves reading, researching reading, and writing about reading. Her most recent work, Read with Me: Engaging Your Young Child in Active Reading, was a collaboration with Dr. Munro Richardson and came out of their work advancing early literacy in Charlotte, NC. In addition to writing, Dr. Cleaver currently teaches middle school and is working on writing books that children and adults...