Jennifer Torres is the award-winning author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen, The Fresh New Face of Griselda, and other books for young readers. She writes stories about home, friendship, and unexpected courage inspired by her Mexican-American heritage. Jennifer started her career as a newspaper reporter, and even though she writes fiction now, she hopes her stories still have some truth in them. She lives with her family in Southern California

I was 17 years old the first time a story of mine was published in a newspaper.

The story was about making tamales with my family— but it was also about love and tradition and growing up.

I think that’s when I started to understand how precious and powerful stories can be. Since then, I’ve been very fortunate to hear and tell many more of them.

Before becoming an author, I worked as a reporter for The Record newspaper in Stockton, California. I covered education, immigration and other topics related to children and families. I still love local news.

My first picture book,  Finding the Music/En Pos de la Música, was published in 2015 by Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, and my debut middle grade novel, Stef Soto, Taco Queen was published in 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. I’m proud that Stef has been translated into Korean and Spanish (HarperCollins Español) and has been named to many state reading lists.

I’ve also written the middle grade novels The Fresh New Face of Griselda and Flor and Miranda Steal the Show (both published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), and the Twins vs. Triplets chapter book series published by HarperCollins.

Coming up next are a charming (and magical!) new chapter book series, Catalina Incognito; The Do-Over, a middle grade book about home, family, and other things that change; and Lola Out Loud, a picture book that celebrates community and the courage it takes to speak up.

In addition to degrees in journalism, I hold a doctorate in education. My husband, David Siders, and I have two daughters, Alice and Soledad, and we live in Southern California.

I am represented by Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.