Multicultural Children’s Bookstore Tag

Art of Rob – Is now in 3 bookstores!

Sup with it fam? I’m excited to share that “Art of Rob” is making its way into actual community based independent bookstores. Juiced!!!! I love sharing information about bookstores because they are little cultural hubs for reading, art, politics, sometimes food, dating :), learning, and reading of course.
1. The Multicultural Bookstore – Richmond California
 260 Broadway, Richmond California 94804
 This bookstore was founded in Richmond back in 2016 or 2017. It is Black owned and has one of the largest selection of kids books featuring children of color. Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Middle Eastern, and Queer kids books. They specialize in picture books, but also carry middle grade, chapter books, YA, novels, biographies, and art books   🙂
2. Marcus Books– Oakland California
 3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609
 This is the oldest Black owned bookstore in country y’all. Originally founded in San Francisco and Oakland, the Oakland location remains a staple for the Bay and the Black community. I shopped there as a teen for textbooks, as a young father, and now as a book creator myself. They have the widest selection of Black literature in the Bay period. Novels, non fiction, comics, picture books, photography books, biographies, cards, and art books!!
3. Pegasus Books – Berkeley and Oakland
 2 Locations in Berkeley, 1 in Oakland
Pegasus has been in the bay since 1969. This is a very cool and progressive store that has cook books, kids books, comics, novels, zines, posters, art books of course, and they buy, sell, and trade books. There are three locations in the East Bay and my book is at all three so cop it there!
One of the most amazing things about bookstores (and libraries for that matter) is the possibility of discovery. You might not even know you would see your friend there or find a book that you know a friend would cherish. That being said, visit these stores if you’re in the Bay. If there is a bookstore you cherish that would understand my little art book please let me know! My hope is that young people will discover something cool in this art book. Peace! Thx for reading. Stay tuned…
Note: If you have not received your book in the mail or you believe it got lost in the mail please message me here or email me at If you’d like to purchase a copy directly from me you can using this LINK
Dig this? Check out this video of fathers day 2022 by Marcus books. And if you have a bookstore I should get the book into, please let me know.

I was doing this for Furqan’s First Flat Top too, getting it into indy stores one at a time.


Photos from Richmond’s “Multicultural Bookstore”


Photo by Brianna Casanares
This past week I read at the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore in Richmond California. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. This store has the most diverse selection of picture books in the Bay Area. There are many other stores that do a great job as well. 
Photo by Daniel Zarazua
They currently carry “Furqan’s First Flat Top” and “Alejandria Fights Back”. Please stop by their store though if youre in the North Bay as a destination for gifts, a place that can order books for you, or as a wealth of knowledge. The owner’s name is Tamara Shiloh.
Photo by Brianna Casanares
One more of me rocking my Bridges Not Walls shirt by Kiwi :). I’ve been reading in classrooms and libraries for a decade now as a kids book author and illustrator!
If you dig these photos check out this reading at Bella Vista Elementary and this post w/ Melissa Reyes

Community Reads – Book Fair

Hey, this is a new event happening at the end of this month, Black History Month. “Community Reads” is a new book fair focused on African American authors and illustrators based in the Bay Area. It is being organized by Tamara Shiloh of Hilltop Mall’s “Multicultural Children’s Bookstore”, the brick and mortar store with the most diverse selection of children’s books in the Bay Area.  The store opened up in 2017 with Robin Wilson and Tamara Shiloh and is now owned by Tamara who is also an educator and author. Myself and author Angela Dalton will be helping to spread the word about this one. You can see the lineup of authors above. Please stop by or tell a friend about it. If you consider yourself a Black author please reach out to Tamara about tabling. We currently have kid lit and adult novelists coming through.
Here is the facebook invite LINK
And here is the eventbrite link in case you’re not on Facebook.
Never been to the store? Check out this video!

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Multicultural Children’s Book Fair – DEC 9th Richmond, CA

If you are in the Bay Area and live near the Richmond area or are in Contra Costa County I invite you to bring your family to this event. Authors will be there reading their books, selling them, and signing them for folks who come. 
The Bay Area Black Authors Network is a newly formed group aimed at sharing resources and information about publishing stories by Black authors, illustrators, editors, etc.  We meet regularly at Hilltop mall the last tuesday of each month.
The event is also supported by the West County Reads new Multicultural Children’s Book Store at hilltop mall where you can find many children’s books about Latinx, Black, Asian, Native American, and queer stories. The bookstore has been open just under a year and is thriving getting visits from teachers, librarians, parents, and kids
Write up in the Richmond Standard