The New York Times best selling author Matt de la Peña once wrote “great “children’s” books are simply great books, imaginative and intelligible to young readers, replete with soulful wisdom that spills into what we grownups call philosophy.”  Matt de la Peña is the author of seven young adult novels and five picture books. His picture book Last Stop on Market Street earned him the Newbery Medal, and his highly acclaimed picture book titled Love examines love in its many forms. Matt teaches creative writing at San Diego State University, and his books draw on his Latino background and being as a collegiate basketball player. Matt openly speaks about growing up as a non-reader, how books changed his lives, and how his current work aims to increase book culture.


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