Children's Author Mayra Calvani

fiction and nonfiction for children and tweens
stories for children about the violin and violin playing
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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll enjoy browsing through my pages and discovering my books, old and new.  Let's step on that magical rainbow of children's books together!

Latest Book!                                   
Five days before Christmas, Emma is captivated by a doll in a shop window. Each day, she sneaks out of the orphanage to check if it’s been sold, but the shopkeeper, Madame Dubois, sends her away. Will the magic of Christmas bring Emma, Madame Dubois, and the doll violinist together?
 
Suggested age range for readers: 4-8
 
ABC’s Children’s Picture Book Competition Finalist!
 
Honorable Mention Award in the 75th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition!
 
Now from Guardian Angel PublishingAmazoniTunes (with read-aloud audio)
This page was last updated: November 21, 2017
Mayra's Secret Bookcase
Mayra's Secret Bookcase
Award-Winning Finalist in the "Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction" category of the 2011 International Book Awards!

Learn the parts of the violin with Frederico, the Mouse Violinist...

Frederico is a tiny mouse with a big dream: he wants to become a violinist. Each day he watches as Stradivari makes his famous violins. Each night, he sneaks into the workshop to play. But the violins are too big! Then, unbeknown to Frederico, Stradivari sees him playing and begins carving a tiny device. Could it be a famous Strad especially for Frederico? 

Fun activities included. Order from Amazon and Guardian Angel Publishing 

Available in Ebook, Paperback and Hardcover 
3-8 years old, 24 pages

Follow the water droplets in their journey from the clouds to the earth and back to the clouds again. Written in a lyrical style, the book takes a new angle on the water cycle by showing the feelings it evokes in people.
 
Suggested age range for readers: 4-8
 
Now from Guardian Angel Publishing and Amazon
 
Download the 29-page Educator's Guide, filled with fun, educational activities. Perfect for homeschooling. Watch the trailer!




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Little Bear offers Mama Bear various items to make her feel better, but she’s too busy to notice—until he gives her his super, so good, so very special dolly. Silly humor, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia make this a fun read-aloud story. A celebration of the special love shared between mother and child. 

For ages 3-7. 

Available on hardcover, paperback and ebook.

Now from Guardian Angel Publishing

Available on Amazon and Kindle. Soon on iTunes. 

Watch the trailer!
Mamá Gracíela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town… Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.

Now on Amazon / B&N / Mac-Laren Cochrain in 
paperback, hardcover and ebook.

Teaches about compassion to animals, sacrifice, decision making and ethnicity. Available in dyslexic font.

Download your reading guide and crossword puzzle