Children’s author Denise Vega visits Eagle County libraries this week |

Children’s author Denise Vega visits Eagle County libraries this week

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado

The Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District and the Holy Cross Electric Roundup Foundation are working together to bring a free children’s author event to the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum libraries this week. Denise Vega is an award-winning children’s author who is looking to reconnect with her Mexican heritage.

Vega has written five books for kids, from toddler to teen, including “Build a Burrito: A Counting Book in English and Spanish” and “Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?” which won the Living In Color Literary Award for best children’s picture book, the Colorado Book Award for Children’s Literature and the Colorado Authors’ League Award for Children’s Book-length Fiction and was an Americas Award commended title.

“I always wanted to be a writer and I always wrote, but I started out writing a lot of magazine articles, computer books and other stuff like that for adults to help keep our family in toilet paper and chocolate chip cookies,” Vega said.

“Then, in about 1998, things began looking up and I was able to devote my free time to writing what I really wanted to write – underwear labels. Just kidding. I really wanted to write books for kids. So I started. But right about then, we had our third kid, Rayanne. So I often had to stop in mid-sentence to change a diaper or make sure someone wasn’t creating their latest work of art on the wall out of oatmeal.”

Vega lives in Denver with her family, where she loves to hike, walk, swim and read. Find out more about Vega, her books and her idiosyncrasies at

The author programs with Vega at Avon, Eagle and Gypsum public libraries are appropriate for pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students and their families.

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