About The Author

BILINGUAL FABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
BY THE FABULOUS FABLEISTTM

Oil painting of author, alpaca, horse, dog, and parrot.

Oil painting of author, alpaca, horse, dog, and parrot.

Author as child with pet parrot.

Author as child with pet parrot.

Fables are short stories which illustrate a particular moral and teach a lesson to children. The characters in Cecilia’s bilingual (English-Spanish) fables are unique animals from her Arcadian childhood in Ecuador, her current menagerie of a dozen animals, and from her far-flung, international sojourns. With a subtle touch, Cecilia depicts many animals that are now extinct or endangered. Yet hope and joy––and humor–– are at the core of her imaginative fables.

Cecilia is an accomplished public speaker. She has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of Natural History, and she has participated as a panelist at the 2013 Literary Orange. Cecilia has been a moderator at the 2013 Big Orange Book Festival-Chapman University, has lectured at numerous locations, and has performed on the HOY stage during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the country’s largest book festival.

Author as child with her family’s 150-year-old Galapagos tortoise.

Author as child with her family’s 150-year-old Galapagos tortoise.

Cecilia is known as the Fabulous Fableist™ for her bilingual children’s fables. Her fable about the newest mammal in the Western Hemisphere, Olinguito Speaks Up – Olinguito alza la voz (2013), won first place at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards and is endorsed by the Smithsonian Institution. Her second fable Lalo Loves to Help – A Lalo le encanta ayudar debuted on two stages during the Orange County Children’s Book Festival in September 2014, and Howl of the Mission Owl was featured at the Los Angeles Zoo Hispanic Heritage celebration in fall 2014. It was selected to the 2015 National Latino Book Club by the Association of American Publishers and the Las Comadres international organization. Cecilia is a member of the Children’s Literature Council of Southern California.

Cecilia lives with her family and a dozen pets in Southern California.