Libros Latin@s: Celebrating Matt de la Peña

Latinxs in Kid Lit

The release of The Hunted on Tuesday marked Matt de la Peña’s tenth published book, so we thought it was time to celebrate the prolific author, who has given us high-voltage stories with deep and believable Latino characters. Along with a handful of others, such as Margarita Engle and Julia Alvarez, Matt is a triple threat in the kid lit world, having authored picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. His rich body of work is known for sharply crafted YA novels that have captured a Pura Belpré honor and other important awards. His picture book Last Stop on Market Street hit the NY Times Bestseller List. In addition, he has been a proponent of increased diversity in children’s literature and is on the advisory committee for We Need Diverse Books. For more information about Matt, visit his website. For an intro to his YA novels, here’s a Latin@s in…

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