NoNieqa Ramos

NoNieqa Ramos is an educator, literary activist, and writer of “intense” literature. She wrote the THE DISTURBED GIRL’S DICTIONARY, a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, a 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection, and a 2019 In the Margins Award Top Ten pick. It earned starred reviews from Booklist, Voya, and Foreword. Lilliam Rivera, author of DEALING in DREAMS, selected THE TRUTH IS as a Bustle Book Club selection, and called it “a gorgeous novel about privilege and prejudice, love and loss, grief and gratitude.” Versify will publish her debut picture book BEAUTY WOKE spring 2021 and YOUR MAMA fall 2021. She is a proud member of LAS MUSAS BOOKS For more information about NoNieqa, check out

Books by This Author

Hair Story

Two girls talking about their hair
Illustrated by: Keisha Morris
Age Level: 3-6

Preciosa has hair that won’t stay straight, won’t be confined. Rudine’s hair resists rollers, flat irons, and rules. Together, the girls play hair salon! They take inspiration from their moms, their neighbors, their ancestors, and cultural icons. They discover that their hair holds roots of the past and threads of the future. With rhythmic, rhyming verse and vibrant collage art, author NoNieqa Ramos and illustrator Keisha Morris follow two girls as they discover the stories hair can tell.

The Truth Is

The Truth Is
Age Level: Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Verdad doesn't think she has time for love. She's still struggling to process the recent death of her best friend, Blanca; dealing with the high expectations of her hardworking Puerto Rican mother and the absence of her remarried father; and keeping everyone at a distance. But when she meets Danny, a new guy at school ― who happens to be trans ― all bets are off.

Your Mama

Mother dances with daughter
Illustrated by: Jacqueline Alcántara
Age Level: 6-9

Heartwarming and richly imagined, Your Mama twists an old joke into a point of pride that honors the love, hard work, and dedication of mamas everywhere.