María José Ferrada was born in Temuco in 1977. She graduate in journalism from the Diego Portales University and holds Master Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Barcelona. Since 2005 she has published her books in leading national publishers (Kalandraka, A buen paso, Libros del Zorro Rojo) as well as international (Amanuta, Planeta Chile, Loqueleo Chile; Castillo and Tecolote, Mexico), while she has made self-publishing and creation of handmade books as objects d’art. María José Ferrada has obtained different scholarships for creative writing. She has been invited to represent Chile at the book fairs in Guadalajara (Mexico), Turin (Italy) and Bogotá (Colombia). She has received numerous awards, including: The Chilean Academy of Language Prize; Santiago Municipal Literature Award; Best Novel Prize from the Circle of Art Critics of Chile. Her book Un jardín, illustrated by Isidro Ferrer (A buen paso, 2016), was awarded by the Banco del Libro Venezuela as the best children's book; the same year it was honourable mention in the Ragazzi Awards of the International Children's and Youth Book Fair of Bologna (2017).
This book proposes a journey through a garden and through our life’s mysteries. One day Mary discovers a peculiar tree in her garden. On the tree-of-things grow fishes, stars and clouds. And when the flowers on the other trees transform themselves into fruits, the flowers of the tree-of-things simply...[more]
Reading these 5 short stories, introduced by the wise words of the philosopher Pang Tzu, as a reader you will discover that there are cats who believe they are lions, mice we love eating clover, barks that say "hello", birds that exchange gifts, owls that write dictionaries. The authors of this book...[more]
In a home, when the electricity is off, there’s nothing. You turn it on and then you see a surprising world coming to life. In this book two siblings talk about it This book shows the interior of a home at night time. Two siblings are talking, and they tell to each other that the lion roars with...[more]
“There’s a thread that sews together day and night./ Looking out the window, Sofía saw two birds perched on it.” So begins this poem by María José Ferrada, where concrete images and metaphors are intertwined with illustration, telling more than a single story, singing more than one song. The...[more]
Tea and Chameleon are siblings, which is a good thing, because in their world, bright and sweet as a drop of honey, every day a new adventure occurs and it is so much easier to handle them when you're two and together! They travel on the Great Cloud of Tea; they have fishing days; they enjoy concerts...[more]
A sweet book that will comes along with you, while you walk through the garden of the world, and across the fur seasons. There’s a young girl who’s wearing a white dress, anything the dress touches becomes part of it and intertwines with the nature that surrounds it. Come along with this young girl...[more]
Each night Mr Wakagi dreams of a garden, and each night Mr Wakagi becomes an animal in that garden. He becomes a frog, a rabbit, a fox… And, as he feels the rhythm of nature, he becomes also the rain and the wind. Until one day he realizes that the garden has been his school and now he feels ready...[more]