National Institute General Sessions

General Sessions are an opportunity for all National Institute attendees to gather and hear from key leaders and creators in the field.

Opening General Session: Meg Medina


Meg Medina is the Library of Congress's 2023-2024 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book Mercia Suárez Changes Gears. She is also the author of award-winning young adult novels and picture books, including Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez; Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Award Honor Book; and Tia Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Meg Medina currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.

At National Institute, Meg will discuss children's literature and her platform, "Cuéntame!: Let's talk books" with retired children's librarian, author, and Past-President of ALSC, Lucia M. Gonzalez.

Meg's appearance is generously supported by Candlewick Press.