Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Celia C. Perez  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Miami, Florida

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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.


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

-- Starred Review, Kirkus, 2019
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2019
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2019
-- Starred Review, Horn Book, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No) Publicist: Kaitlin Kneafsey at Penguin Young Readers Email: Literary Agent: Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary

Selected Titles At Your Library

Strange birds :
ISBN: 0425290433. OCLC Number: 1078878955

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After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Includes tips for beginning birders, characteristics of crystals, a cookie recipe, tips for aspiring journalists, directions for creating badges, and facts about the killing of birds for fashion.

The First Rule of Punk
ISBN: 9780425290422. OCLC Number: 965127991

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Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.