Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction

Born: in Miami, Florida


Illinois Connection

Perez lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Celia Perez is a community college librarian. She is a longtime zine-maker. Her zines and writing has been featured in The Horn Book Magazine, Latina, El Andar, Venus Zine, and NPR's Talk of the Nation and Along for the Ride.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The First Rule of Punk''''' -- *Best Books List, NPR, 2017

-- *Best Books List, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature, 2017

-- *Best Middle-Grade Books, Kirkus Reviews, 2017

-- *Best Books for Kids, New York Public Library, 2017

-- *101 Great Books for Kids List, Evanston Public Library, 2017

-- *Best of the Best Books, Chicago Public Library, 2017

-- *Best Books List for Young Readers, University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, 2017

-- *Middle Grade Fiction Nerdies Award, 2017

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2017

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus, 2017

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2017

-- *Indies Introduce Title, ABA, 2017

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection, 2017

-- *ABA Indies Introduce Title, 2017

-- *Kids’ Indie Next List Pick

-- *E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award finalist

-- *Amelia Bloomer List Book

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

-- *Publishers Weekly Flying Start

-- *School Library Journal Best Books of 2017

-- *Horn Book Fanfare Selection

-- *Seattle Public Library Top 10 Children’s Chapter Book of 2017

-- *Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, 2018

-- *ALSC Notable Children’s Book, 2018

-- *Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Winner, 2018

-- *Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Honor Book, 2018

-- *CCBC Choices, 2018

-- *Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2018

-- *Great Lakes, Great Reads Award, 2018

-- *Illinois READS Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019


-- """Strange Birds"""

-- *Notable Children’s Books, ALSC, 2020

-- *Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education, 2020 Edition

-- *Rise: A Feminist Book Project List 2020 (formerly the Amelia Bloomer List)

-- *Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices 2020

-- *Best Books of the Year, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, 2019

-- *Best of the Best Books,Chicago Public Library, 2019

-- *Best Middle Grade Books of the Year, Kirkus, 2019

-- *Best Children’s Books of the Year, The Washington Post, 2019

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus, 2019

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2019

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2019

-- *Starred Review, Horn Book, 2019

-- *Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020