Children's Book Author & Speaker
Stories have been my passion since I was a little girl - whether brought to me on paper, screen, or the evergreen power of song. It's truly a dream come true to be able to share my own stories with you. Through words, I hope to change the world one reader at a time.
Mariana and Her Familia
A heartwarming picture book about a young girl on her first trip to visit her family in México. A Junior Library Guild Gold Star Selection, now available for pre-order through all major and independent outlets!
"Mancillas and Meza’s picture book is a poignant reminder that, while loved ones may not speak the same languages, their affection and care for one another transcends any human language and is a language in and of itself." - Booklist Reviews
"The warmth of Mariana’s close-knit, yet far-flung family practically radiates off the page, and many young readers will relate. An excellent purchase for most collections." -- School Library Journal
"A sweet look at what familia can mean." --Kirkus Reviews
"A child's uncertainty in navigating the dual identities of a bicultural upbringing is affirmingly depicted in Mancillas's insightful debut." --Publisher's Weekly
One of the Best Picture Books of 2022 according to the School Library Journal!
In this thoughtful and reassuring picture book, Mónica Mancillas’s text and Betty C. Tang’s illustrations show how one child experiences anxiety and worry, providing different tools to practice mindfulness and strengthen one’s mental health.
"Sure to help kids conquer first-day-of-school fears." --Kirkus Reviews
In this charming and delightful picture book, Sami shares the joys of Spanglish with his skeptical abuela and diverse community.
Stay tuned for upcoming releases!
The Worry Balloon
Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan
July 11, 2023