Newbery Medal 2021- American Library Association
Pura Belpre Medal 2021- American Library Association
Pura Belpre Honor Award 2020- American Library Association
Sid Fleischman Award 2020- SCBWI
Best Books for Youth List 2020- American Library Association
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award 2020
Professional Bio (Long)
Donna Barba Higuera grew up in a tiny desert town in Central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. Rather than wrangling dust devils, she’d spend recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book. Her favorite hobbies were calling the library’s dial-a-story over and over again and sneaking into a restricted pioneers’ cemetery to weave her own spooky tales using the crumbling headstone for inspiration.
Donna’s Middle Grade and Picture books reinvent history, folklore, and or her own life experience into compelling storylines. She still dreams in Spanglish.
Donna lives in Washington State with her husband, four kids, three dogs and a frog.
Her books include the New York Times best-selling The Last Cuentista, which received the Newbery medal and Pura Belpré Award; Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, which received the Pura Belpré honor, Sid Fleischman award for best children's humor book of the year and the PNBA award. She’s also written the picture books El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!, It’s Navidad El Cucuy!, as well as The Yellow Handkerchief/El Pañuelo Amarillo. Her latest novel is Alebrijes.
Professional Bio (Short)
Donna Barba Higuera is the New York Times best selling author of Middle Grade and picture books that reinvent history, folklore, and or her own life experience into compelling storylines. She lives in Washington State with her husband, four kids, three dogs and a frog.
Her books include Lupe Wong Won't Dance, El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!, The Last Cuentista, The Yellow Handkerchief, Alebrijes, and have won awards including: the Newbery medal, both Pura Belpré medal and honor, PNBA best book of the year award, and the Sid Fleischman award for best children's humor book of the year.