Mara Price is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Mara wrote the bilingual picture book, Grandma’s Chocolate/El chocolate de Abuelita, published by Arte Público Press/Piñata Books. Grandma’s Chocolate received the 2011 International Latino Book Award for Best Bilingual Children’s Picture Book, the 2011 San Diego Book Awards Best Children’s Picture Book, and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Special Recognition. Grandma’s Chocolate is also a Tejas Star Book Award Finalist for 2011-2012. Mara is named among the LatinoStories.com 2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch.
Mara’s articles, stories and illustrations have appeared in Iguana magazine for children in Spanish since 2004. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and contributes to the local chapter’s newsletter. She was one of the founders of Los Bloguitos, a Spanish-language blog for children. Mara was awarded a scholarship to the Chautauqua Writer’s Workshop in 2008. She is an alumna of the National Latino Writers Conference. She has taught art workshops at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and she gives presentations at schools, libraries, book fairs and education conferences. Her stories feature Latino children living in a multicultural society, but these experiences can be applied to all younh peoplr as she reminds everyone to be proud of their roots. Most of all, Mara invites children to have fun reading her stories! Originally from Mexico, she now resides in Southern California.