The books will be distributed for free at all 12 library branches, including in the Tri-Cities, starting this week while supplies last. English and Spanish copies will be available.
De la Pena is the author of Newbery Medal-winning Last Stop on Market Street, four other picture books and seven young adult novels.
His latest book, “Superman: Dawnbreaker,” tells the story of the superhero’s coming-of-age in the Mexican-American community in Smallville.
Books for the giveaway are provided by Battelle, the sponsor of Mid-Columbia Reads.
The author will be in Kennewick Dec. 6 at Southridge High School for a bilingual presentation and student-led interview.