Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian-born writer of children's literature. She has published several children's books, including Luca's Bridge/El puente de Luca (Penny Candy Books, 2019), and the award-winning bilingual books Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess (Campoy-Ada Awards), Poesia Alada (International Latino Book Awards), Tristan Wolf (IPNE Book Awards), among others. Kutu: The Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta was recently nominated for the International Latino Book Award in the children’s books category. In 2017, Mariana received the Oklahoma Human Rights Award for her work visiting schools around the world via virtual technology, to promote literacy. That same year she was selected as the Best Latino Artist by the Hispanic Arts Council of Oklahoma. Mariana developed an early love for reading and writing in her native Peru. She studied Theater in Lima and later moved to the United States where she decided to pursue her passion: to become a children's author. She resides in Oklahoma City with her husband and their three children, where she dedicates her time to creating multicultural, poignant, and engaging stories.
About Luca's Bridge / El Puente De Luca
Luca has never lived outside the U.S., but when his parents receive a letter in the mail, the family must pack up and leave home for a strange land. Together in their car, Luca, his brother Paco, and their parents head across the border to Mexico where his parents were born. Luca doesn’t understand why he must leave the only home he’s ever known, his friends, and his school. He struggles through lonely and disorienting times—reflected both in Real’s delicate, symbolic illustrations and through Llanos’ description of his dreams—and leans on music, memory, and familial love for support. Luca’s Bridge / El puente de Luca is a story for everyone about immigration, deportation, home, and identity.
About Kutu: The Tiny Inca Princess / La Ñusta Diminuta
KUTU is a one-of-a-kind princess: she's the size of a cob of maize. When the city of Cusco is devastated by a terribe drought, Kutu goes on an adventure to show everyone that, in spite of her size, she has what it takes to bring their water back! Set in the times of the Incas, Kutu features phrases in quechua (native language of the Andes), and lncan mythology.
Kutu es una princesa del tamaño de una mazorca de maiz. Cuando la ciudad del Cusco es devastada por una terible sequía, Kutu emprende una travesía para ayudar a salvar a su pueblo. Cuento en inglés, español y salpicado de frases en quechua.