RNE Desde la ventanilla. Mariano Fresnillo y Maria Jesus Cuesta

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RNE Desde la ventanilla. Mariano Fresnillo y Maria Jesus Cuesta

RNE Desde la ventanilla. Mariano Fresnillo y Maria Jesus Cuesta

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I met Mariano Fresnillo the first time I went to Radio Nacional. We talked about “Los Piratas en Japón”, about art that can help and about disability in kids books. While waiting to go in the recording studio, he told me about his books and about a new project he was working on.

That project is a new book now. And an amazing one.

It is a book full of color, to show the world of those who don’t see those colors.

You can listen the interview (in Spanish only, sorry!):

Programa La Frontera RNE 16 Septiembre 2017

You can buy the book here or in Amazon. If you buy it here in my site, I will send it signed and I will send you a surprise. And free-shipment!

I hope you like it!

Feria de Bolonia 2017

Bolonia 2017 - Maria J Cuesta

Bolonia 2017 – Maria J Cuesta

El pasado mes de abril estuve en la Feria Profesional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil de Bolonia. Un lugar único, donde se concentran más de mil editoriales de todos los rincones del mundo, autores, agentes e ilustradores. Allí se cocinan las novedades del mercado editorial.

Pero también se aprende, se inspira, se respira arte e historias. Aunque es una feria agotadora y a veces frustante.

Os lo cuento todo en este artículo que escribí para la Asociación de Autores e Ilustradores de Libros Infantiles y Juveniles.

I am a TEDx Speaker

Last March 10th, I gave my first TEDx talk.
It was an amazing experience and I would love to give another one some day in a near future.
You can watch it in Spanish here (English translation will be available in a few months, sorry for that).
Please post your comments and drawings. I would love to see them.
Thank you!

Premio José Zorrilla – Don Juan Tenorio

Premio José Zorrilla - María Jesus Cuesta - Don Juan Tenorio

Premio José Zorrilla – María Jesus Cuesta – Don Juan Tenorio

Hoy he recogido el premio del VII certamen literario de relato breve 2017.

El tema del relato debía ser en torno a mi paisano José Zorrilla, a quien admiro y respeto.
Hace sólo un par de semanas estuvimos visitando su casa, la mesa donde él escribía, etc.

Estoy muy orgullosa de haberle rendido tributo con mi relato “Un final disuasorio para la historia de Don Juan Tenorio”, y muy agradecida a Dragón Lector y Ampa por concederme el premio.

¡Muchísimas gracias!

Pronto el relato se podrá leer online en versión digital. ¡Os avisaré!

First Looks, first books

Last week I was interviewed by Carrie Karnes-Fannin. It was a great chat. We talk about my childhood, the books I used to read as a kid, and my work now.

Maria J Cuesta a few years ago

I loved chatting with Carrie. You can read the interview in her blog here.

Hope you find some inspiration in it.

Thank you Carrie!


It’s here! It’s real! Los piratas en Japón, is the first book both written and illustrated by me. It is already published in Spanish and it will be published in English next June and this makes me very excited.

A hilarious story of a group of pirates who, looking for the treasure, get lost and arrive to Japan. It is recommended for people from 2 to 99 years old. You can already buy your own signed copy in my shop in this site, and shipping is free during Christmas or in the best Children’s bookshops in Spain (more info below). Thanks a lot!

And if you want to be an “Ambassador pirate”, please drop me a line but take into account… this is only for the brave mateys…

Bookshops were you will find it:

  • Dragón Lector – C/Sagunto 20 – 28010 Madrid
  • Liberespacio – C/ Joaquín María López, 25 – 28015 Madrid
  • La Marmota – Pso. Zorrilla 334, Valladolid

Los Piratas en Japón - MariaJCuesta

Robots Maria J Cuesta Botjoy

Did you find a BotJoy? How to activate and use it?

Botjoy MariaJCuesta

What would you like to do that you did not dare to do yet?

#BotJoy are robots programmed to help. The world needs more Bots because for some reason (that frankly I don’t completely understand) they seem to help.

How to use it:

1. Activate your robot taking a picture of it with something you love or a selfie with it, or a pic of the bot in a special place and upload it to any social network with hashtag #botjoy and tag @botjoy and @mariajcuesta

Send me an email with the pic to mjcuesta@Outlook.com  subject ROBOT ACTIVATION.

2. Let your bot know you better by letting him being with you in your room, in your window, in your pocket or wherever you are.

3. Listen carefully when you need him. Your robot will use his special power to give you some courage to face the things you didn’t dare.

4. Take your bot wherever you go to get some Help whenever you need it and wherever you are.


You will be able to follow in my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts where I leave the bots. As I frequently travel around Spain, it could be Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Badajoz, Valladolid, Salamanca, Bilbao… potentially anywhere 🙂

Also if you think you know of somebody that could benefit from a robot in Spain (hospital, kids with special needs associations, etc.) please let me know and let’s find a way to get them some bots.  🙂


To learn more about the international BotJoy army, and his original creator Gary Hirsch visit http://www.botjoy.com/201410/bot-army

www.botjoy.com  #botjoy @botjoy www.mariajcuesta.com @MariaJCuesta