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Amada Irma Pérez, M.A., A.W.A.

Amada Irma Perez is an award-winning author, former bilingual teacher, college and university instructor and a leading advocate of programs that encourage multicultural understanding.  Her first book, My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito won the Thomas Rivera Award among others and her second book, My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aquî hasta allå won the Pura Belpré Honor award and several others. Her third book, Nana's Big Surprise/¡Nana, qué sorpresa won an International Book Award. With her seven published books she travels internationally, delivers inspirational keynotes, teaches writing workshops and delights audiences of all ages with her interactive presentations.  She lives, writes and plays in Ventura, California.