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-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

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 debut novel, Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, was released September 8, 2020 with Levine Querido.

Her debut picture book, El Cucuy is Scared, Too! was released by Abrams Kids in July 2021.

Her Middle Grade Sci-Fi, The Last Cuentista will be released by Levine Querido October 2021. 



Latinx in Publishing

New York Times Review
The Last Cuentista

Time For Kids

New York Times Review
Lupe Wong Won't Dance


Everywhere Book Fest

Middle Ground Book Fest

Levine Querido- Lupe Wong Won't Dance- Promo video