Maya's Blanket/ La manta de Maya

By Monica Brown
Illustrated by David Diaz

Hardcover: out of stock

Little Maya has a special blanket that Grandma stitched with her own two hands. As Maya grows, her blanket becomes worn and frayed, so with Grandma’s help, Maya makes it into a dress. Over time the dress is made into a skirt, a shawl, a scarf, a hair ribbon, and finally, a bookmark. Each item has special, magical, meaning for Maya; it animates her adventures, protects her, or helps her in some way. But when Maya loses her bookmark, she preserves her memories by creating a book about her adventures and love of these items. When Maya grows up, she shares her book—Maya’s Blanket - La manta de Maya—with her own little daughter while snuggled under her own special blanket.

Inspired by the traditional Yiddish folk song “Hob Ikh Mir a Mantl” (“I Had a Little Coat”), this delightful bilingual story puts a child-focused, Latino spin on the tale of an item that is made into smaller and smaller items. Maya’s Blanket/La manta de Maya charmingly brings to life this celebration creativity, recycling, and enduring family love.

Here's a great post from Spanish Playground on using Maya's Blanket - La Manta de Maya with Spanish Language Learners.

Building Connections with Monica Brown
Books and Authors: Talking with Monica Brown.
Maya's Blanket - Video Book Review

About the Creators

Thumb_monica_brown_2013 Monica Brown - Author

is the author of many award-winning bilingual books for children, many of which are inspired by her Peruvian American heritage. Monica is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino Literature and Multicultural Literature. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. You can find her online at

Thumb_thumb David Diaz

won the Caldecott Medal in 1995 for Smoky Night. He is the illustrator of many other popular children's books as well, including December, Roadrunner's Dance, Going Home, and Wilma Unlimited. Diaz is also an accomplished potter, and he has sold his work to collectors throughout the country. He lives in Carlsbad, California.

About This Title


Hardcover: 9780892392926


Tejas Star Reading List
Texas Library Association (TLA)

Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

Starred Review
School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild Selection

Commended Lists - Américas Book Award
Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs

100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
New York Public Library

Notable Books for a Global Society
International Reading Association (IRA)

Bock Book Award
Neumann University

Charlotte Zolotow Award - Highly Commended Title
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Monarch Award Master List
Illinois School Library Media Association

Top Latino Titles of the Year
School Library Journal

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Interest Level:

Grades K - 4

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 4


Bilingual, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Grandparents, Imagination, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Overcoming Obstacles, Realistic Fiction, Weather/Seasons/Clothing, Cultural Diversity, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Pride, Folktales/Fairy Tales

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