Mangal, Mélina

Contact Information

E-mail: [email protected]

Book Category: Children’s Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books, Young Adult Fiction
Age Group: All ages


“One the Border,” All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of he Carolina African American Writers’ Collection. Durham, NC: Carolina Wren Press, 2020.

The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press, 2018.

“Black Is” By the Light of the Rabbit Moon. Reflection Press, 2016.

Welcoming the Waves, Stories From Where We Live. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2006.

Mildred Taylor. Hockessin, DE: Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2005.

Rita Williams-Garcia. Hockessin, DE: Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2004.

Anne Hutchinson: Religious Reformer. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2004.

Virginia Hamilton. Hockessin, DE: Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2002.

The Long Bike Ride, Stories From Where We Live. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2001.

Cranberry Cove, Stories From Where We Live. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2000.


My writing focuses on youth in nature, especially those whose voices are rarely heard, and the people and places that inspire them to explore their world. I love to write stories, from my own imagination as well as from real life. I also love the research process. I love looking up information, digging for facts, discovering buried secrets. That’s why I’m a writer AND a librarian, writing both fiction and non-fiction. What could be more fun?


  • Winner of the inaugural Strive Publishing/Free Spirit Publishing African American Voices in Children’s Literature Contest, 2019.
  • Winner of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Carter G. Woodson Book Award, 2019.


  • School Visits
  • Skype Visits
  • Research and Writing Workshops
  • Storytimes
  • Literacy Events, Festivals, and more!

I work with all ages and tailor presentations and workshops to fit your needs depending on age range, focus, and schedule. Check out my website for more information on the variety of presentations I do:


Because I customize each appearance, my rates vary and are negotiable.  Please contact me directly for more info.