Isabel Quintero is an award-winning author of children’s and YA books, who resides in Southern California. Her first book Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, received several awards including the Tomas Rivera Award, The California Book Award Gold Medal, and the Morris Award for Debut YA. Her graphic novel, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, earned the Boston Globe Horn Book Award.

She has also written a children's book series for Scholastic, Ugly Cat and Pablo, about two unlikely friends getting into mischief and learning what it means to be good friends along the way. Isabel has worked in education from the age of 17 in various capacities.

She’s been an AVID Tutor, English teacher, elementary school library tech, and adjunct English instructor. She enjoys presenting to and engaging with youth at various stages. She can also present to adults, teachers, staff, and parents. She speaks both English and Spanish, and when given advance notice can translate her presentation. You can find more info at her website

No more than two 2 hour presentations in one day with at least a 30 minute break in between. No more than four 1 hour presentations in one day with a 30 minute break. Minimum 2 hours if traveling more than 25 miles.

Being a Good Friend: Reading and Writing Workshop (Ugly Cat and Pablo)

Grades 2-4
2 hours

Being a Good Friend: Reading, Q&A, and Discussion

Grades 1-4
1 hour

Scary Things Ain’t So Scary: Reading and Writing Workshop (Ugly Cat and Pablo and the Missing Brother)

Grades 2-5
2 hours

Scary Things Ain’t So Scary: Reading, Q&A, and Discussion

Grades 1-5
1 hour

Or a week-long writing workshop where students work on a whole writing project (picture book, story). Can talk to individual educators or librarians on details.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Isabel is open and available to speak at conferences and festivals on a variety of topics.

Virtual Visits

Isabel is happy to do virtual presentations for up to an hour. She can do readings, Q&A, and discussions with groups who have read at least one of her books. A one hour virtual presentation is $350. 30 minutes is $200. It is a 30 minute minimum.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

For a live presentation, and depending on the presentation, Isabel may require a podium, a microphone, projector, screen, computer or cables for the laptop (Macbook).


For rates and fees please fill out our Author Request form and the Author Visits Manager will respond shortly.

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.