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Emma Otheguy

Emma Otheguy attended Swarthmore College, where she studied children’s literature with Donna Jo Napoli. Her first job after college was as an instructor at a farm-based education program, where she did everything with visiting school groups, from baking bread, to herding cows. Later, she worked at a children’s bookstore for a few months (where it turned out that she was better at reading books than shelving them). Emma taught elementary school Spanish, which made her think about the historical events that led to a world made up of so many diverse Spanish speakers, so she decided to study history. She’s now a Ph.D. candidate in History at New York University, focusing on Spain and colonial Latin America. In 2012, she was awarded the Paula Danziger Scholarship by the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature.

Emma’s debut picture book biography, Martí’s Song for Freedom (illustrated by Beatriz Vidal, Lee & Low, July 2017) has received 5 starred reviews and named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Her debut middle grade novel, Silver Meadows Summerr, will be published by Knopf in 2019. Emma is a member of the Bank Street Writers Lab, and lives in New York City, where she was born.


“In bringing an important life back into the conversation during divided political times, this book spotlights a steadfast hero and brilliant writer still worth admiring today.” –- Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

“Excerpts from Martí’s Versos sencillos thoughtfully underscore this moving account of his crusade for justice.”–Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

Download the Teacher’s Guide here and visit Emma on the web, or follow her on twitter @EmmaOtheguy