Ana Galán is the author of many children and young adult books in both English and Spanish, including her bestselling series Mondragó, which has been translated into 11 languages, and award winning picture books like Qué cosas dice mi abuela.
Before her transition into a full-time author, Ana was the director of the Spanish book division at Scholastic Inc. She has also served as the editor and translator on a number of projects for Sesame Place, Benchmark Education, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Highlights Magazines, to name a few.
Ana was born in Oviedo, Spain. At the age of three, her family moved to Madrid, where she grew up with two older brothers and younger sister. She was a girl who loved sports, ballet, and most of all, animals, especially horses and dogs. Her dream was to become a veterinarian. When she went to college, she pursued her dream and in 1987, she received her Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After working at a veterinary hospital in Madrid for two years, she came to the US for a post graduate course at the Animal Medical Center, an incredible eight-story animal hospital in the heart of New York City.
In New York, she worked as a surgeon on a research team. After the birth of her first son, she decided to stay home with him and enjoy being a mother. That’s when she started working on translations and her passion for children’s books was born.
In 1999, she went to work for Scholastic Inc., one of the best children’s book publishing companies in the world. She was the editorial director of Spanish book publishing, editing more than 400 books in Spanish, as well as bilingual books. During those years, she also wrote her first children’s books that were published by Kumquat Ediciones, a publishing company in Argentina.
In 2008, with the support of her husband and three children, Ana decided to become a full time author, editor and translator. Since then, she has written more than 50 books.
Besides her work as an author, Ana volunteers her time training guide dogs for the blind. She also works with children all over the world — Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Peru, Mozambique — and manages her own non for profit organization, The NOLA Tree, an organization that takes volunteers, mainly young adults, on community service trips.
Ana has three children and lives in New York City with her husband. For more information, visit www.anagalan.com.