Matt de la Peña

Born February 9

Meet the author:


“Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and six picture books (including Milo Imagines the World and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. In 2019 Matt was given an honorary doctorate from UOP. de la Peña currently lives in Southern California. He teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country.”—from


His books:

Picture books:

Carmela Full of Wishes

Last Stop on Market Street (Newbery Medal)


Miguel and the Grand Harmony

Milo Imagines the World

Middle Grade books:

Infinity Ring:  Curse of the Ancients

Infinity Ring: Eternity

Young Adults books:

Ball Don’t Lie

Mexican White Boy

DC Comics  Superman: Dawnbreaker

We Were Here