Margarita Engle is a poet. She writes picture books, too. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. Every summer, her parents would take her to Cuba. That’s the country where her mother was born.
In Cuba, Engle explored the tropical forest. You can see her love of nature and Cuba in many of her books.
Engle tells her stories through poems. When you listen to them, you might feel like you are skipping along or dancing to a drum. You might hear a rhyme. One of her recent books is The Flying Girl. It’s a true story. It’s about the first woman to fly a motorized airplane.
“I want to write something that leaves me with a hopeful feeling,” Engle says. “Poetry allows me to do that.”