Nydia Armendia-Sánchez is a California based picture book writer and artist. She writes bilingual picture books and is also focused on her first love – art. Of Guatemalan and Basque roots, she enjoys highlighting inclusivity and diversity in all her creative endeavors. Nydia earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Pitzer College. In 2006, she and her husband, Luis, moved to Spain for three years where she taught ESL and also studied the art of window dressing! She draws inspiration for her stories from her two highly imaginative children, her travels, and her heritage.

She is repped by Lori Steel of Raven Quill Literary Agency.


2021 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee

2020 Walter Grant Finalist


Nydia is a member of SCBWI since 2020.

Committee member organizing the Spanish Social for the 2021 SCBWI Winter Conference.

She helped start a bilingual critique group for Latinx Kidlit writers.


#LatinxPitch co-founding member.

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