Balzer + Bray Mariana and Her Familia
Balzer + Bray Mariana and Her Familia

Mariana and Her Familia

By Monica Mancillas


Publication Date: October 4, 2022

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

A sweet and heartwarming picture book about a young girl forming a connection with her family—and her Abuelita—on her first trip to Mexico from debut author Mónica Mancillas and rising-star illustrator Erika Meza.

Mariana’s tummy does a flip as she and Mami cross the Mexican frontera. Mariana is visiting her Abuelita and extended family for the first time.There are all new sights, smells, and sounds.And at Abuelita’s house, Mariana is overwhelmed by new faces and Spanish words 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.

About the Author

Mónica Mancillas is an author, musician, and unapologetic dreamer. She is passionate about writing books in which children of all backgrounds can see themselves on the pages. A first-generation immigrant, her own story closely mirrors Mariana’s. She lives in California with her familia and their dog, Annie, a beta fish, and a lizard. Learn more about her books at Meza grew up in Mexico, moving from city to city. Because of that, her childhood homes are those of her grandparents, and she chose the Meza home for this book since it was the one where she could always find drawing paper. She went on to become an illustrator, and painted this book using memories of characters, objects, and cantera stone from her grandparents’ house while living in London (though maybe she’ll move again soon!). Visit her online at

Format: Hardcover

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: October 4, 2022

ISBN: 9780062962461

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