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WRITER AND CREATOR OF CHILDREN BOOKS

Yara Maura is a writer, poet, journalist, cartoonist, playwright, lyricist, lecturer, as well as an international executive.  As head of MSP International INC. in New York, she has led the promotion  of  the characters for kids created by her brother, cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa,  throughout five continents.

Yara Maura is the author of texts in verse for numerous book collections that have been published in Brazil by Editoras Abril, Cedic, Consultor, Fama, FTD, Globo, MSP Editora, Melhoramentos, Nova Fronteira, Panini, Online Instituto Brasileiro da Cultura-IBC and Siciliano. Her stories have also been translated into several languages and published by Clássica, PT Gramedia, and Panini.

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Yara Maura’s books, illustrated by her brother, cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa, have reached over 18 million copies.

Many titles have been selected by the PNLD (National Plan for Didactic Books) and other similar organizations that place books in school libraries throughout Brazil.

DIDACTIC TEXTBOOKS:

“The Portuguese Orthography Reform in Verses” was published by Editora Abril.

Publishers who have launched Didactic books with excerpts from the Literary Works of Yara Maura: Abril Education, Atica, Ave Maria, Ciranda Cultural, FTD, Positivo, Moderna, Brasil, Saraiva, Scipione, Melhoramentos, Leya and SM Edições.

Author of the first BOOKS IN BRAILLE featuring characters for children launched in Brazil by Editora Globo and also Books with special characters Luca and Dorinha, who became a symbol of Social Inclusion in Brazil.

CARING FOR OUR PLANET

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The English edition was launched by MSP Editora at the RIO + 20 Summit, the International UN Conference, in June 2012 and given to the delegates by both MSP and UNEP (The United Nations Environment Programme).

The Author and the Editor received a letter from the Organization, declaring that “Caring for our Planet” was the best children’s book about environment at the UN event.

The book was endorsed by Ernie Moniz, the director of MITei (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative) and also the Secretary of Energy for President Barack Obama.

TV, NEWSPAPER, MUSIC AND THEATER

Yara Maura Silva has supervised the production and created the lyrics for 80 educational programs for children produced for T.V. in a project with F.I.E.S.P. featuring Monica’s Gang.

She was also the first woman writer of the Chico Anysio show on Globo T.V.

As a cartoonist, she launched daily strips with children characters of her own creation that have been published for seven years in the newspaper “Correio Braziliense”.

Yara Maura created both text and lyrics for the acclaimed musical play.

“MONICA AND JIMMY FIVE IN THE WORLD OF ROMEO AND JULIET”

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Editor Arnaldo Niskier, president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, chose her script for his  book featuring the ten best plays for children in Brazil.

In 2013, the revival of the play returned to the stage and received the award FEMSA as the Best Musical Play for children in 2013. In October 2016 the play was staged in Rio de Janeiro.

Yara Maura created the lyrics and her brother, Marcio Roberto, composed the music for many musical plays as well as animations featuring Monica’s Gang. Their songs have been published by RCA / Fermata, Polygram, Warner Chappel and Sonica. Their CDs have been awarded Gold Records three times.

COMICS-FOR-A-CAUSE

Yara Maura was responsible for the concept “Comics-for-a-Cause”: A series of comic books for children created for educational and social campaigns, with the support of numerous official organizations in Brazil and the UN.: UNESCO, UNICEF, UNEP and PAHO / WHO – Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization.

In those “Comics-for-a-Cause” the characters deliver messages about Healthy Lifestyles, the Environment, Prevention and The Rights of the Child and the Adolescent.

Over 70 million free copies  were distributed in the Americas.

PAHO – Pan-American Health Organization – distributed the health magazines in  several languages. Those campaigns have also been promoted with a series of Public Service Announcements shown on T.V. channels all across the world. Comics-for-a-Cause has had over Thirty campaigns, some of which were made for the UN International Health Day.

Yara Maura lives in New York and has actively attended important Animation, Book and Brand Licensing Events. She has also been a part of countless panels and conferences in Brazil, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

RECOGNITIONS, AFFILIATIONS AND CONFERENCES

Recognitions:

Author Yara  Maura was recognized for her accomplishments by receiving the following  titles and awards:

  • Ambassador  of  Peace  by  “Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix” – an organization based in Switzerland and France;
  • The U.S. Consultant for the International Association of Poets;
  • Consultant for the Educationist Foundation – USA;
  • Consul dos Poetas del Mundo;
  • Consultant for the New York BEA – Brazilian Endowment for the Arts –  Brazilian Library; Awarded the Medal of Merit, Machado de Assis, for her works as an Author by the BEA;
  •  The Portuguese Brazilian Award 2015, at the Lincoln Center,  New York,  for her works as an Author;
  • Three Golden Records for her works as a Lyricist;
  • FEMSA Award  as the Best Musical Play for children in 2013,  for her play based on Romeo and Juliet;
  • Awarded in Paris in 2015 with the “Medaille d’or de la République Française” and receiving the diploma “Honneur aux Femmes et Hommes e Valeur” and the title of Vice President of Honor of the Divine Academie Francaise des Arts et Lettres Culture;
  • Guest of honor presenting trophies to Outstanding Leaders at the “2014 Notáveis Awards” Ceremony;  Event hosted in New York by The Brazilian Community Heritage Foundation and Brazilian Times Newspaper;
  • Awarded with the”International Brazilian Press Award 2017″ as a Writer for Children’s Literature, by the Media & Leaders of the Brazilian Community in the United  States,  at  the Broward  Center  for  the Performing  Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Focus Brasil – May 13th, 2017.

Affiliations:

ABRAMUS – Brazilian Association of Music and Arts;
AOTP – American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese;
ECAD – Copyright Holders Association;
EMEB – International Meeting for Educators of Portuguese;
REBRA – Brazilian Writers Network;
SBAT – Brazilian Society of Playwrights;
SONICA – Music Publishing;
UBENY – Brazilian Writers Union – New York;
WARNER – The global Music Publishing Company – Warner Chappell.

LECTURES

Author Yara Maura Silva has given lectures at:

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY – New York – USA
III Global Meeting for Brazilian Authors at the New York University,
Conference: “Yara Maura Silva, Author of Educational Books for Children”
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies of NYU, co-hosted by the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts – NYC, and Queen Mary University of London – September 2015;

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY – Washington DC – USA
IV International Meeting for Educators of Portuguese (IV EMEP)
Conference: “Portuguese as a Heritage Language Aimed at Children
Georgetown University – Co-hosted by the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP). August 2015;

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – New York – USA
III International Meeting for Educators of Portuguese (III EMEP)
Special Guest of the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese – AOTP
Columbia University NYC – August 2014;

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY – New York – USA
III Meeting about Teaching and Promoting Portuguese as a Heritage Language.
Conference: “Portuguese as a Heritage Language aimed at Children”  
NYU – Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Brasil em Mente – May 2016;

BEA – BRAZILIAN ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
MACHADO DE ASSIS LIBRARY – New York – USA
Guest Speaker for Conferences in 2014 e 2015.
The Author Yara Maura Silva was awarded the prestigious “Medal of Merit Machado de Assis Library”, for the excellence of her literary work; BEA NYC – September 2015;

UN RADIO – United Nations – New York – USA
The Author was invited by Radio UN, at the UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, to talk about her books for children in Portuguese and English: “Cuidando do Nosso Planeta” – “Caring for Our Planet” – March 2014;

YALE UNIVERSITY – Connecticut  – USA
Conference: “Portuguese as a Heritage Language aimed at Children”
Educationist Foundation and Council of Latin and American & Iberian Studies – June 2014.

“I  don’t  want  to  be  a  writer  whose  books  are  read  to  children  by  their  parents.  My  goal  is to  write books  so  interesting  that  children  will  read  them  to  their  parents.”    Yara  Maura

Yara Maura studied Communications at CEUB (The University Center of Brasilia); Law and the Psychology at PUC (Pontifical Catholic University) in São Paulo. She has also attained a MTb in Journalism

YARA MAURA SILVA
New York – NY 10019 – USA
Email: Monicatoon@aol.com    http://www.monicatoon.wordpress.com

Ambassadeur de la Paix – Brazil USA
“Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix”

©2014 – YARA MAURA SILVA