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Cecilia Velástegui was born in Ecuador and raised in California and France. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California and speaks four languages. She has traveled to more than 65 countries, and serves on the board of directors of several educational and cultural institutions.

Her first children’s picture book, Olinguito Speaks Up-Olinguito alza la voz, about the newly discovered mammal from the cloud forests of Ecuador was awarded First Place by the International Latino Book Awards in 2014.  Read more about the author

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