VIRGINIA MARTINEZ was born and raised in Chicago and currently lives in Oak Park, IL. Virginia
has a son, Miguel, and daughter, Natalia. In 2019, she became a grandmother for the first time. Her
grandson Rio Ignacio has become the joy of her life, leading her to document their adventures together on social media.
In November 2021 she published her first book, Adventures with Abuela, Let’s Go to the Zoo. Her decision to write this series of children’s books comes with dual goals of providing interesting stories for children as well as providing parents, grandparents and caregivers with information that will help them access the many wonderful parks, zoos, and museums the metropolitan area offers. These
resources can help young children develop the love of learning. The family welcomed her second grandchild, Liliana, in September, 2022. The third book in the series, introduces Lily to the reader and Rio in his new role as a big brother.
Virginia is a retired attorney who has spent most of her career working in non-profit organizations and has been a strong advocate for Latinos, women, and children. She has volunteered with many organizations over the years and currently is a member of Chicago Dia de Los Niños Committee.