Donna Barba Higuera

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I write Middle Grade and Picture Books mostly about kids who find themselves in odd or scary situations.

From contemporary fiction, to Science Fiction and Fantasy, my mind goes to all different bizarre scenarios to place my poor characters in!

From language to cultural differences in being biracial life can become…complicated. So like me, my characters have to tackle more than just the bizarre things that happen to them in their lives. Writing helps me consider old memories, but also imagine alternate life paths.


I like to write things I find funny, but also sad and creepy and magical. If you like those things, I hope you will read my books. 


Please reach out to me via Twitter or Facebook or through the Connect portal via the "Contact" section below with questions.


Blog on writing topics to come!


Happy reading and writing!




Levine Querido

Release September 2020


Twelve year old Lupe Wong WILL be the 1st female pitcher in major league baseball. But the American past time of Square Dancing is P.E. curriculum is something a kid like Lupe can’t relate to culturally or otherwise. She vows to get the archaic tradition banned, and a comedy of disasters ensues.  

El Cucuy is Scared, Too

Abrams Kids

Release Spring 2021

When Ramón moves to a new town with a new school and new kids, suddenly El Cucuy, aka the Mexican boogeyman, is suddenly less horrifying than all the new changes. But El Cucuy is sad and afraid too. Ramón realizes if he can reassure and help El Cucuy to be fuerte y valiente, then perhaps he can be strong and brave as well.

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Donna grew up in central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. As a child, rather than dealing with the regular dust devils, she preferred spending recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book. Her favorite hobbies were calling dial-a-story over and over again, and sneaking into a restricted cemetery to weave her own spooky tales using the crumbling headstones as inspiration. ​

Donna lives in Washington State with her family, three dogs and two frogs. Donna's backyard is a haunted 19th century logging camp. (The haunted part may or may not be true—she makes stuff up.)

Donna is represented by Allison Remcheck at Stimola Literary Studio.

Lupe Wong Won't Dance




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