Maribel’s Year


Writer: Michelle Sterling
Illustrator: Sarah Gonzales
Publisher: Katherine Tegen, HarperCollins
Editor: Mabel Hsu
Art Director: Dana Fritts

Pub date: May 9, 2023

MARIBEL’S YEAR is a celebration of the special connection between father and daughter that knows no bounds. This evocative, lyrical picture book recounts the year a little girl and her mother spend in America while waiting for her father to join them from the Philippines.

New country, new school, new friends.

A lot can happen in a single year. But one thing’s for certain: Maribel won’t forget her Papa, even when he’s 8,000 miles away in the Philippines.

After all, Papa is all around. He is the memory of feeding koi fish in their pond every morning. He is the constellation map as Maribel dreams of showing him her new world. He is the packages and letters sent back and forth.

He is everywhere except the place he’s wanted the most. But the bond between Maribel and Papa transcends oceans. So as the snow melts and turns to rain, as flowers blossom and welcome sun-kissed days, and as the leaves start to change and snow begins to fall once more, can Maribel wait just a little bit longer?

︎︎︎ HarperCollins 
︎︎︎ Indiebound
︎︎︎ Indigo
︎︎︎ Amazon
︎ “A heartfelt, beautiful tale of finding home.”
— STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews 

“A richly laid seasonal feast that melds languages and traditions.”
Publishers Weekly

“Sterling’s rich verse and Sarah Gonzales’ warm artwork depict the child’s adjustment to an unfamiliar climate, a strange language, and new traditions.”
— Kirkus Reviews, ‘5 Picture Books That Rewrite the Immigrant Story

"Sterling's descriptive writing uses all five senses to evoke American and Philippine culture . . . Paired with sumptuous illustrations of the changing seasons and family life by Filipino Canadian artist Sarah Gonzales, these sensations come alive on every page."
— NPR, ‘4 new books by Filipino authors to read this spring

︎︎︎ ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2024
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