A Letter From Maria
In today's society, it's important to remind children that, although we are different on the outside, we are very much alike on the inside.
Unfortunately, bullying has become a major problem in the United States. It's not only painful for children, but occurring at an increasingly young age. My books are meant to empower children to positively handle tough situations through their timeless messages.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun teaches children to respect each other's differences while dealing with adversity with self-confidence and courage.
The Juice Box Bully, co-written by Bob Sornson and myself, shows children that strength can come in numbers. By encouraging community in Mr. Peltzer’s classroom, children help a new student learn the ropes.
Pink Tiara Cookies for Three focuses on a subtle type of bullying. When teasing happens between friends, especially a group of three friends.
The Potato Chip Champ is all about empathy. Empathy is what I believe to be the cure for our bullying epidemic.
Spoonful of Sweetness is my first baby board book. It's a step I've taken towards early intervention, in addition to speaking to children about empathy. This book is for children from birth to preschool, and is also available as a digital app.
Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun (The Children's Musical!) is now onstage and touring to schools and theaters across the country.
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! is a story of inclusion, diversity and empathy. It is about how actions speak louder than words!