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Matt de la Peña

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BioMatt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is a New York Times-bestselling author who has received numerous accolades for his young adult novels and picture books, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. He brings his books to life: detailing the "stories behind the stories" and explaining the inspiration behind his beloved books. Drawing on his own working-class background, he encourages students to find beauty in their everyday lives and explore timeless themes of wonder, gratitude, and love. Whether it's introducing young audiences to the joys of storytelling or telling his own inspiring story that took him from a reluctant reader to celebrated author, his audiences are left with a greater appreciation for the power that literature can have on individuals and communities alike.