Creator Spotlight - Celia C. Pérez

Creator Spotlight

Creator Spotlight: Celia C. Pérez Video
Hear Celia C. Pérez talk about her book!

This month we spoke with Celia C. Pérez, author of The First Rule of Punk (Spanish version: La primera regla del punk) about some of her favorite things:

Favorite thing about being an author: Meeting with readers and answering questions. Also, traveling to new places.
Favorite word: Frangipani. It’s a flower! I keep a list of interesting words that I come across when I’m reading and have to look up. Here’s another good one: halloumi.
Things I like to do (besides reading and writing): Watch my son play baseball (and basketball), go for walks, make “10 things” lists, spend time with friends, go to Lake Michigan and collect beach glass, bake, collect things I find in jars, write letters and postcards to friends, take photos of interesting things I see when I’m out walking, make zines, listen to podcasts, make things, visit vintage shops.

Mi cosa favorita de ser autora: Conociendo estudiantes que leen mis libros. También, viajando a lugares nuevos.
Palabra favorita: Frangipani. ¡Es una flor! Mantengo una lista de palabras interesantes que encuentro cuando estoy leyendo. Otra palabra buena: halloumi.
Cosas que me gustan hacer (que no son leer o escribir): Ver a mi hijo jugar béisbol, caminar, hacer listas de “10 cosas favoritas", pasar el tiempo con amigos y amigas, ir a Lake Michigan y colectar vidrio de la playa, cocinar, colectar cosas pequeñas en frascos, escribir cartas, tomar fotografías de cosas interesantes que veo cuando estoy caminando, hacer zines, escuchar podcasts, y visitar tiendas de vintage.

Be sure to watch our exclusive video from the author herself! 

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Author Bio:

Celia C. Pérez is the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk, a 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, and Strange Birds, a 2020 ALSC Notable book. Celia is a longtime maker of zines inspired by her love of punk music and writing. Her favorite zine supplies are a long-arm stapler, glue sticks, and watercolor pencils. She'll never stop picking cilantro out of her food at restaurants, and she owns two sets of worry dolls because you can never have too many. Originally from Miami, Florida, Celia lives in Chicago with her family where she works as a community college librarian.

Learn more about Celia at and follow her on Twitter @CeliaCPerez.

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