Congratulations to Writer’s Room Alum, Matt de la Peña!

102MattMatt de la Peña Becomes First Latino Author to Win Newbery Medal

Putting our arms around author Matt de la Peña this morning!

Matt was our first guest (ever) in The Betsy’s Writers for Young Readers Program, in late 2014. He is a remarkable writer bringing a new generation of readers to books, and we are delighted to share the announcement that Matt has just been awarded the John Newbery Medal for Literature;  the first Latino author to receive such an honor.

Congratulations, Matt – and we look forward to seeing you back in Miami Beach again, soon!

For more information on Matt, visit his website, or follow him on Twitter @mattdelapena




For the first time in 94 years, a Latino author has won the John Newbery Medal for literature, considered one of the most important honors for American children’s… (LATINOUSA.ORG)