Monica Brown

Monica Brown is the author of the Lola Levine chapter book series and many award-winning picture books for children, including Waiting for the Biblioburro, illustrated by John Parra, and Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina, illustrated by Sara Palacios.

Her picture book biographies include Tito Puente: Mambo King/ Tito Puente: Rey del mambo, illustrated by Rafael López; Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People/Poeta del Pueblo, illustrated by Julie Paschikas; and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, illustrated by John Parrawas and named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Monica’s books have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

They have received multiple starred reviews and awards, including the Américas Award, the Christopher Award, and others. Recent picture books include Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano/ Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri and Small Room, Big Dreams: The Journey of Julián and Joaquin Castro, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega.

Books by Monica Brown
The Turquoise Room/El cuarto turquesa