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! will be released by Abrams Kids in July 2021.
Her Middle Grade Sci-Fi, The Last Cuentista will be released by Levine Querido in Fall 2021.
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