Watch These Two Interviews with Students to Get the Scoop on What Inspired Mango, Abuela, and Me
by Traci Swain
Author Meg Medina and illustrator Angela Dominguez both brought many of their own personal experiences to the award-winning story of Mango, Abuela, and Me. In their Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive interviews, they share…
• Memorable childhood experiences that shaped their approaches to writing and drawing
• Their artistic processes—including how Meg sources and depicts authentic family experiences
• Why they believe it’s so important for kids for to feel represented in books and to relate to the experiences of the main characters
Watch their interview videos with your students to learn more about what went into this Pura Belpré Honor–winning picture book:
After watching the videos, your students can engage even more with the text by practicing Spanish words. Use the fun downloadable activity in Cooked Up from a Book with your students and then—if you’re comfortable—let us know how it goes on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs!
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Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which was also a 2018 Kirkus Prize finalist. Her young adult novels include Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award; Burn Baby Burn, which was long-listed for the National Book Award; and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. She is also the author of picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, and Tía Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, lived in San Francisco, and now lives on the East Coast. As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She’s delighted to still be doing both. She is the author and illustrator of many books, including Maria Had a Little Llama, which was named an American Library Association Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book. In 2016, she received her second Pura Belpré Honor for her illustrations in Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by the amazing Meg Medina. Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something to Say, was published in 2018. When Angela is not in her studio, she teaches illustration to big kids, otherwise known as adults, at Academy of Art University.
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