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"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
"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
One of the Best Picture Books 2022 according to the School Library Journal!
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Mariana and Her Familia

Out now!

By Mónica Mancillas

illustrated by Erika Meza

Balzer + Bray, October 4, 2022

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062962469

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062962461

A heartwarming picture book about a young girl on her first trip to visit family in Mexico, who learns there is no language barrier when it comes to love—from debut author Mónica Mancillas and rising star illustrator Erika Meza. Perfect for fans of Where Are You From? and Mango, Abuela, and Me.

Mariana is visiting her abuelita and extended family in Mexico for the first time. Her tummy does a flip as she and Mami cross the frontera.

There are all new sights, smells, and sounds. And at Abuelita’s house, Mariana is overwhelmed by new faces and Spanish phrases she doesn’t understand.

But with a story, some kindness, and a few new words from Abuelita, Mariana discovers that the love of family knows no cultural divide.

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