Local Author Meg Medina Creates Multicultural Books to Engage and Educate Richmond Children

Meg Medina is passionate about writing books that engage children of all ages.

Richmond authors continue to astound Richmondmoms with their incredible books that inspire, entertain, engage and educate our children. Richmond-based children’s book author Meg Medina, is one of the latest local writers to introduce great books for kids.

Her books for young readers are fascinating reads, and she writes for a whole age range of children. But the most interesting thing about her work is the multi-cultural approach to writing that she takes.

Multi-cultural Background

Meg focuses on strong Latinas in tough circumstances and with a family background from Cuba, she knows what she’s talking about. Her books are inspiration for all ethnic backgrounds, and their particular tie to Latinas makes them a great way to introduce children to different cultures and the struggles that many young people face.

Her Books

Her latest creations include:

  1. Milagros: Girl from Away for ages 8-12 currently on special price at Barnes & Noble. (Christy Ottaviano Books: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 2009)
  2. Tia Isa Wants a Car for ages 3-7 (Candlewick Press, 2011 – due out in June 11, 2011). It will be published in Spanish in 2012.
  3. The Girl Who Could Silence The Wind (Candlewick Press 2012 – due out next year).

About Meg

As a real Richmond mom, Meg has lived in Richmond for 12 years where she raised all three of her children. As a part-time employee of James River Writers, a volunteer for Richmond schools, an accomplished author, and a Richmond mom, she stays quite busy.

During the summer of 2010, Meg spent time working with the Latino Education Advancement Program at Steward School and James River Writers to produce “Yo, A Photo-Essay Exhibit” by Latino teens in Richmond.  It was a huge hit and went on display at City Hall during Hispanic Heritage Month. She will be volunteering again this year to promote similar projects.

Tia Isa has been name a Junior Library Guild Selection and has earned great reviews in Publishers Weekly.

You will find Meg’s blog totally endearing and informative. You will also enjoy her tweets @Meg_Medina too.

Upcoming Events and Signings

Summer is an important time to keep children reading during their school break. Meg’s books make it fun for kids of all ages too. You can visit with her at upcoming book events and signings in Richmond including:

  • June 11 - bbgb bookstore, which includes a big book launch party, food, activities and even an antique car. It’s from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at 3100 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA.
  • June 26 – Short Pump Barnes & Noble at 2:00 p.m. is a book talk and art activity for kids. Visit them at the corner of West Broad Street and Pump Road and meet Meg personally.

Kids love to meet real authors, and this is the perfect opportunity to meet a Richmond author and pick up a great book for summer reading.

Support our local authors and businesses whenever possible — and show Meg how much Richmondmoms appreciate her work!

Learn more about Meg and Tia Isa Wants a Car on the Latin Baby Book Club blog.


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