school visits Program


Visits available in English or Spanish

An in person visit makes a difference and leaves a lasting impact in children’s minds. Mariana has experience working with elementary school classes all the way to high school students in need of motivation. She can tailor her visit to fit YOUR needs and reinforce your curriculum. Visits are design around one of her books and will be customized according to grade level. In all visits, As a Global Reading Advocate, Mariana highlight the importance of reading. Mariana’s lessons are best suited for grades 2nd and up. Please inquire about visits for younger grades (1st, K).

Students need to read my book (s) prior to my visit.





*Bilingual story! Let's talk and learn about immigration and social justice with the book Luca's Bridge/El puente de Luca.
Immigration should not be a taboo subject at school. In this lesson we'll take a compassionate look at an issue that affect us all and is headline to many stories.
This lesson is available for grades 4th, 5th, middle school, and high school, either in English or Spanish. (50 min)

A Virtual Visit to Machu Picchu

*Bilingual story!
Let me take your students to a virtual visit to the times of the Incas and Machu Picchu with KUTU, The Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta. Students will learn facts about this important South American culture while "traveling" through pictures and fun anecdotes...including... llamas!
This lesson is available for 3rd, 4th, 5th grades and middle schools. (50 min)


“Our storytelling event with Mariana was wonderful. She did an excellent job of explaining what are often difficult topics for children to understand. She posed questions and involved those in attendance in every part of ‘Luca’s Bridge’ . I would definitely recommend Mariana to any group or organization wanting a professional storyteller, writer, and literacy advocate.”

Gloria Melchor

Metropolitan Library System



This was, by far, one of our best author visits. Mariana’s presentation was engaging and authentic. My teachers were so impressed and awed by her relationship with the students. She talked with them. Using my principal’s word, this was an ‘optimal’ visit. Thank you so much!”


 Rosa Blocker

Library Media Specialist, Cushing Upper Elementary



  • One presentation: $250 (local OKC)

  • Full Day presentation to Oklahoma schools $700 (3-4 presentations) 15% discount if you book me before November 28th!

  • Add travel expenses (mileage and possibly a hotel night) to schools outside Oklahoma City boundaries

  • Out-of-State Full Day: $1,000+accommodation+airfare+meals *Contact me with details

  • All others, please contact me for a quote.

  • Available for LIBRARY NIGHTS or GUEST SPEAKER ENGAGEMENTS for writers groups, teacher assemblies, motivation. Please contact me for a quote.

Pay For Your Visit:

Please pay only after you have scheduled you visit with Mariana Llanos and she has sent you an invoice.


Author visits make long-lasting impressions in children’s minds. A visit from an author who is also an immigrant, bilingual, and Latina is a great way to promote diversity in your school. How many of your students would feel represented by a Spanish-speaking author? How many students who have no opportunity to meet people of diverse backgrounds will have an opportunity to break away from stereotyping?

My visits are centered around my books, so each book is a different lesson. At this moment, my books Kutu the Tiny Inca Princess and Luca’s Bridge, make for interesting presentations.
I will tailor my presentation to YOUR curriculum. What do you want me to help you reinforce?

I can visit groups of children as young as kindergarten or as old as those adorable high school teens. My experience working at a preschool gives me tools to handle large groups.

My fees are listed above. Once we talk and you are ready to book, I’ll send you an invoice and you will be able to pay via Paypal (or check if you prefer).

School visits are my passion…but also my job. I take time from my family, work, and writing to visit schools and offer a resource to educators. Also, as an author, I value what I do. I put a lot of time and effort into developing my lessons. And I hope you agree with me, I believe that all work should be fairly compensated. (You know, authors have to eat too!)

Please contact me using this form 
On your communication, please specify grade, city, tentative month for the visit. It’ll only take a few back and forth emails to get everything set up.

I understand some times school scramble for funds. In this article, you will find 35 ideas to fund a school visit! Some are very creative. I say, give them a try!

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I’m Mariana Llanos and I write books for children and poetry in English and Spanish. I am originally from Lima, Peru, but now I live in Oklahoma with my husband, our three children and our dog, Juliet. I started writing poetry since I was very young. I loved reading so much that I wanted to create my own stories to share with the world. I published my first book, Tristan Wolf in 2013. Since then, I haven’t stopped, and I have many more stories, poems, and project that I want to share with YOU!

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