Claudia Guadalupe Martinez


Claudia Guadalupe Martínez’s debut novel, The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, received the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, the Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book Award, and an Americas Award Commendation.  Her sophomore novel Pig Park won the Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book and the NACCS Tejas Foco Young Adult Fiction Award. Her debut picture book, Not A Bean, illustrated by Laura González received multiple starred reviews and was named a Best Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education. Her next picture book, Still Dreaming, illustrated by Magdalena Mora, received a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. Claudia’s latest picture book, Not A Monster, illustrated by Laura Gonzalez, received a starred review from Kirkus and a Blueberry Honor Award. Claudia also authored The Movie Novel for Dream Works’ animated film, Spirit Untamed.  Forthcoming titles include Spanish editions of Not A Bean and Not A Monster, and the latest installment in Claudia’s Not A series, titled, Not A Dog, which will be published in English and Spanish simultaneously (Charlesbridge).

Claudia grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas, where she learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with her father. She now lives and writes in Chicago.

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