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In person visits are my favorite thing to do because nothing

beats the warmth of being together in the same room.

I have shared my school visit program with many schools

and I can't wait to share it with you!

FEES for the 2024-2025 school year:

*if you booked or inquired during 2023-2024 school year, your price is locked.


  • Full day presentation in Oklahoma City: Three to four presentations including lunch or special time with a group of kids.  Travel expenses will be added to schools outside Oklahoma City Metro area.  Fee: $850.

  • One presentation, after school family nights or literacy nights (see below), or speaking engagement for teachers/writers development in Oklahoma City Metro area. Fee: $400. One presentation outside metro area will be treated as a Full Day presentation.

  • Out-of-state full day presentation: $1,300 per day +accommodation+airfare+travel time

  • Writing Workshops available!

  • On a budget? Contact me. My goal is to make it work!

  • Email me for brochure with information and pricing

Programs (English or Spanish):

RUN LITTLE CHASKI: 2022 Oklahoma Book Award Winner!! / JLG Gold Selection / Bankstreet College of Education: Best Books of 2021/ among other great accolades! A window into the Inka Empire. Run Little Chaski is perfect for children who are curious about other cultures and would like to learn more about South America, the Inka culture, and even some Quechua. The author talk portion focuses on culture and on my experience as a child writer and avid reader. We end the session dancing to the theme song and watching a video. A craft is available when presenting to small groups.

BENITA AND THE NIGHT CREATURES: Pura Belpre Honor Book! / CBC's Children's Favorite Book / 2024 Oklahoma Book Award Winner / New York Public Library: Best Books of 2023 List / Chicago Public Library: Best of the Best of 2023 / among many other amazing accolades! A celebration of reading!! We end our session dancing and rocking out. The author talk portion focuses on creating characters from culture and on my experience as a child writer and avid reader. For third grade and up I offer a  theater experience as they recreate the story in their own words (works better with smaller groups). 

KUTU THE TINY INCA PRINCESS: Campoy-Ada Award for Bilingual Books/ International Latino Book Award Honor. A story telling session! Perfect for school wide audiences.  As an author visit, the book works better with older readers (4th grade and up), and on our visit we dive into Inka mythology... and if time permits, writing our own myths?! 

VAMPIRITA AND THE ANGRY MOB: After reading this fun chapter book, visit with the author to discuss the process of writing and learn how to create amazingly fun characters for your own stories. This session is best for students 3rd grade and up who have read the book. Meet the author and ask questions!

  • FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM: Developed for after-school family nights as a way to motivate parental engagement in their effort to instill healthy reading habits in children by combining the use of music, art, and literature. Perfect for Title 1 schools or any other programs that need to be directed towards families. Email me for a brochure with information.  This program uses Benita and the Night Creatures. *This is NOT a regular author school visit. Duration: Approx. 60m minutes. Fee for local metro Oklahoma City: $400. Schools outside the city, contact me for a quote.

  • Young Writers' Workshop: Created to help young students develop their creativity while writing a short story. This workshop is designed in four sessions. Students, along with their teacher will work on their stories in between the sessions.  We'll learn about the elements of a story, figurative language and other tips and advice from a person who writes since she was a child. Depending on budget, the goal is to have the students publish their own story  book! Includes materials and coaching through the duration of the workshop. Email me for pricing.









A virtual fieldtrip is a great way to learn more about writing and to encourage students to be creative through reading and writing and also to have FUN! I have visited over 200 schools around the world via virtual technology!

Fees for the 2024-2025 school year:

One Q&A session, plus short author presentation:

(30 min): $250




Free Classroom Visits

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Banner Elementary
Library Visit
Apple Creek Elementary
Apple Creek Elem

During Hispanic Heritage Month, I do my best to visit as many schools as I can with a 30 minute Q&A session! Subscribe to my newsletter to be in the loop!

NEW!! To celebrate Vampirita's release, I'll celebrate with a VIRTUAL visit to the first 10 classrooms (homeschooling groups or book clubs) that purchase 10 copies or more of the book (purchases can be individual) and leave a review on an online platform. 

Contact me for details:

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  • Interactive visits, with students' participation

  • Presentations include an author talk, reading and Q&A. And some times even a craft and a dance party.

  • The goal is to engage children in the wonderful world of reading and awake their imagination! All children deserve a chance to become super-readers.

  • Presentations geared toward different age groups

  • Experience visiting young students as well as high school classes

  • Visits in English or Spanish

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Teacher Training


Culturally Responsive Classroom

Mariana is available to inspire and inform teachers so they leave the session ready to implement a culturally responsive classroom through children's literature. This session main focus will be the Latinx experience but can be applied to any other experiences. Includes practical resources to implement a culturally diverse bookshelf.

As a founding member of #LatinxPitch, Mariana is aware of the importance of bringing representation in children's lives to shatter harmful stereotypes and allow all children to truly develop their potential.

Also available as a speaker for your teacher conference.

Available to travel and combine with school visits.

Inquire for quote HERE

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