AUSTIN, TEXAS – Amidst the current pandemic and uncertain times, Mia Garcia, the youngest person to win a Tejano Music Award, has become a published author at the age of 12. Mia released her brand new bilingual children’s book My Hero: Mi Héroe on June 1, 2020.
The book was inspired by a poem she wrote in a sixth grade ELA class taught by Dani Brandimarte.
Brandimarte commented, “Wow! That’s amazing! I was flipping through the channels the other day and caught a glimpse of Mia on PBS. She is definitely going places and Lamar is lucky to have her! I remember her book (about your dad!) Thanks for sharing with me. I’ll take a tiny bit of credit.”
My Hero is Mia’s first published book and is targeted to children aged 5 to 10. Mia wrote the book inspired by her father when she was 11 years old. In its pages, she talks about her relationship with her dad and his role in her life as she grows up.
The project is a labor of love for Mia, who collaborated with illustrator Arturo J. Quijano Hérnandez and Larissa Davila of BCO Consulting to make it a reality.
The book was released just in time for Father’s Day, having a place in the book to dedicate to each child’s father.
Mia’s debut EP, La Reina del Mundo, earned her a Tejano Music Award for “Best New Artist – Female” in 2018, and the young singer is no stranger to accolades. She has also been honored with the Texas State flag flown over the State Capitol on June 6, 2019, along with a proclamation from the Texas State Senate by Senator Kirk Watson. October 5, 2017, was proclaimed “Mia Garcia Day” in Austin, Texas by Mayor Steve Adler. Mia has also won nearly 200 other medals and awards in gymnastics and karate, as well as many scholastic honors.
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