Mariana Llanos Author Signing February 22
Come join Best of Books in welcoming Oklahoma author Mariana Llanos, who will be here to sign her book, Eunice and Katie, on Saturday, February 22, from 11 am to 12:30 pm!
Eunice and Kate are best friends, but can their friendship weather a storm? The girls live with their moms next door to each other in the heart of the city and have a lot in common—even though they have different dreams for the future: Kate wants to be an astronaut and Eunice wants to be a ballet dancer. But when they draw portraits of each other in art class, things get mixed up. Eunice draws Kate as a ballet dancer and Kate draws Eunice as an astronaut, and they both get more than a little annoyed. Can their friendship survive? With a little help from their moms, the girls come to learn the value of respecting each other’s different dreams.
Eunice and Kate is a heartfelt new book about how recognizing and honoring our differences can strengthen our bonds. It also offers children an example of positive, creative conflict resolution and presents strong female protagonist and friendships, as well as strong mother-daughter relationships.
Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian-born writer of children's literature. She has published several children's books, including the bilingual Luca's Bridge/El puente de Luca (Penny Candy Books, 2019) and the awardwinning bilingual books Kutu: The Tiny Inca Princess (Campoy-Ada Awards), Poesia Alada (International Latino Book Awards), and Tristan Wolf (IPNE Book Awards), among others. 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 then moved to the United States where she decided to pursue her passion: to become a children's author. She dedicates her time to creating multicultural, poignant, and engaging stories and lives with her husband and their three children in Oklahoma City, OK.