Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Award Honorees
Organizations are underlined.
Mariana Llanos supports Human Rights in Oklahoma by promoting literacy, and breaking stereotypes in schools. She visits schools in person and online to share her passion for books. Also, in these visits she promotes tolerance and respect by sharing her own experiences as an immigrant in the United States. Mariana’s next book deals with the subject of immigration. She tells us the story of a family who is deported to Mexico. Through children’s literature, Mariana hopes to bring understanding and empathy to the world. Her book, A Superpower for me, engages children in the voting process. Mariana worked with an organization in North Carolina to put together a kids’ voting night. She also serves as an interpreter for the Spanish speaking community at her school and has been the hospitality chair at their PTO for the past 5 years. In 2016, Mariana was recognized with the Most Outstanding Literature Artist by the Hispanic Arts Council of Oklahoma. In 2017, her labor was recognized by the World Experiences Foundation with the 2017 Global Citizens Award in Arts. She is a three-time winner of the Gittle List Independent Book Award, a finalist in the 2013 Reader’s Favorite Book Award with Tristan Wolf, and in 2016 a finalist in the IPNE Book Award with Tristan Wolf.