Sonia Manzano is an actress, educator, television producer, and children’s book author. She created the part of Maria on Sesame Street, for which she received an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. Manzano has also received 15 Emmys for writing, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award, the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education, and a Poderosa from People en Espanol. Her children’s books include A World Together, No Dogs Allowed!, A Box Full of Kittens, Miracle on 133rd Street, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, and the memoirs Becoming Maria and Coming Up Cuban. Manzano created the animated series for PBS, Alma’s Way.