Donna Barba Higuera grew up in Central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Now she weaves them to write picture books and novels. Higuera's first book, "Lupe Wong Won't Dance," won a Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second novel, "The Last Cuentista," received the John Newbery Medal and the Pura Belpré Award. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wall Street Journal and TIME.
Awards: Newbery Medal, Pura Belpré Award, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, Sid Fleischman Award
Communities: Hispanic or Latinx, Mixed Race