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READ Print 7 – Welder Girl

NEW Print! You can purchase a print HERE

Just finished painting this. Normally I can knock these out in a day, but my little one started school this week with minimum days so it got done in increments. This is the 7th print like this I’ve done. It’s a series with the word “READ” on them. The first 4 each had a different young person on them holding a book (2020). This new set of four features young people in the places of joy, passion, or dreaming.

This one: An illustration of a young girl with some welding equipment. I’ve always liked the re-emergence of a DIY, maker movement who not only repaired or customized things, but also built new things. I imagine this young lady to be a welder who works on “Go Karts”. Hence the track behind her. Feeling it? I am! I also know there are books out there for kids about welding, wood work, 3d printing, and making stuff. Not sure if my idea comes across but I like it.

Again, you can purchase a print HERE

Dig this? Check out the first set of four READ prints

Tacoma African American Read In – Pierce County Library

 Yo, this coming Black History Month I will be speaking at the “African American Read In” for the Pierce County public library in Tacoma Washington. You can join virtually from anywhere in the world. I will be speaking with two Washington based authors and the owners of the shop “Parable Tacoma”. I met some of the librarians organizing this event at the Seattle Urban Book Expo and I’m juiced to be a part of this.
Register for the event HERE
Dig this? Check out this talk I gave for the SOL Collective about developing a love of reading


“Alvin Irby” Interview w/ Lurie Daniel Favors Show

I remember hearing about Alvin Irby many years ago and loving his mission for Barbershop Books because he’s passionate about reading and you could tell he cares. In this episode of Lurie Daniels Favors radio show she interviews him about how he started, what drove him, and what advice he has for making readers out of your kids. 

Link to LISTEN
If you haven’t already check out Barbershop Books!!
Dig this? Check out these lists of Bipoc owned bookstores Black owned, Latinx owned, and Asian American owned.

Life is Living – Reading at 12:30pm


Yo, it’s that time. The annual “Life is Living Festival” is upon us once again next week in Lil Bobby Hutton Park (DeFremery Park) in West Oakland. It’s been back in person in all it’s glory, so come through with that good vibe.

About the fest: The 2022 Life is Living Festival, presented by Youth Speaks is Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Lil Bobby Hutton Park in West Oakland (1651 Adeline St., West Oakland). Join us for activations from The Peoples Kitchen Collective, Town Park, Oakhella, ArtEsteem, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission, Dark Star Universe, BAOBOB, Edutainment for Equity, Emily Butterfly’s Kid’s Zone and more of your favorite local CBOs.

This multi-generational, multi-disciplinary festival celebrates and highlights everything that is beautiful about Oakland – the joy, diversity, adversity, and revolutionary spirit that vibrates through the streets of the city. Join us as we continue the legacy and tradition of celebrating The Town.

As with so many years, Emily Butterfly is welcoming children in the kids zone. I will be there reading at 12:30 alongside other authors and performers. For 14 years, the LIL Kids Zone has been creating a safe and nurturing space for young children and their families at the Life Is Living Festival. Produced and hosted byMs. Emily Butterfly (@ms.emilybutterfly) the Kids Zone welcomes the Jr. Art And Science Center, The Attitudinal Healing Collective, Social Justice Story Tent, Face Painting, Games, Snacks, and Story Tent.

This is the schedule for the Kids Zone:

10:30AM Kendo Martial Arts
11:00AM YGB
11:30AM Jill Guerra
12:00PM Alphabet Rockers
12:30PM Robert Trujillo
1:00PM Iwalani
1:30PM West Oakland Library
2:00PM Emily Butterfly
2:30PM Mr. Limata
3:00PM Iwalani

I will also be participating as a visual artist w/ a piece in Brett Cook’s Gardeners of Belonging. It’s a big painting and I’m honoring the. “People’s Kitchen Collective”. Among some of the other artists painting- Erin Yoshi, Evan Bissell, DJ Agana, Nick James, and Johanna Poethig.

For more information please visit LIFE IS LIVING

Dig this? Check out this video of Life is Living 2016

Storytime prints (Set of 4) updated


I released this print set in 2019, and I’m just updated it and re-sharing it. Check it out for your classroom, library, organization, or home. Why did I do these? I made these to illustrate children of color reading or being read to to foster an environment that is welcoming and encourages reading for fun.
Cop it HERE
If you missed my set of prints that say READ, check them out here.

Speaking w/ Sol Collective

 Today I’ll be speaking with Sol Collective and their community talking about literacy!!! The jist of the presentation is : To develop a love of reading takes teamwork and ganas (desire). The absolutely awesome stories you seek are out there, you just have to work together to find and share them. In this short workshop, Robert will share his experience going from a nonreader to a lover of books and stories.

Hosted by: Me! Robert Liu-Trujillo, father, husband, artist, and author

LINK: Eventbrite Link

Dig this? Check out these photos from a visit I did for a school called Prospect Sierra

Life is Living 2020


For the past 11 years, Emily Butterfly has devoted herself to producing the Kids Zone at the Life Is Living Festival at Little Bobby Hutton (aka: Defremery) park in West Oakland. Creating a safe and fun environment for the children and elevating some of the best children’s entertainers in the Bay Area!! I will be there reading to the babies for story time! 
Our 13th annual Life Is Living Festival is happening online this year!
I invite the entire family to tune in to this fabulous free event this Saturday!
The Kids Zone offers a fabulous lineup of storytelling, music, singalongs and puppetry including:
*Storyteller Kanyon Sayers-Roods. Kanyon is Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash; she also goes by her given Native name, Hahashkani, which in Chumash means “Coyote Woman”. Cozy up. with Kanyon and enjoy her word weaving imagery through her wonderful storytelling.
*Music with Everyday Party.This dynamic musical duo is composed of the crafty tune collaborators: Iwilani Venerable and Monica Hastings Smith. They are both music educators in the Bay Area who will keep your body moving and vocal chords crooning to their totally fun and educational songs.
*Storybook wizard,Robert Trujillo will be sharing the beautiful books that he writes and illustrates!
*The Oakland Public Library will be represented by the West Oakland branch’s new children’s librarian, Mikal Hemingway!
* Musical virtuoso, Gabby La La will delight you with a totally sweet and inviting singalong!
* Ms. Emily Butterfly and her puppet friends edutain with a faery magical story that encourages unlimited devotion and joyous stewardship of the Earth.
The entire program is FREE dollars and Free cents and can be safely viewed from the comfort of your home!!
Remember to register before the event at:
Invite all your friends!!!
It will be a FAERY GOOD TIME!!!!!

Care Package for Black Boys

Just made this care package for you to send to a Black Boy anywhere. You can send this as a gift to a child, family, etc to encourage them to keep reading even in amidst the quarantine times we’re living in. 
In this care package you will get:
-An 11″ x 14″ Read print
-A copy of Furqan’s First Flat Top (Bilingual/hardbound ) a picture book about Black hair, imagination, and a father & son written and illustrated by Me!
-A copy of 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Boy (hardbound) written by Tony Medina, illustrated by 13 illustrators, including me.
-Two Bookmarks
-One Bookplate sticker
-One postcard
Purchase this care package HERE

READ Print Pack

Started this set of new art prints back in March and here are all four prints. Whats the point of these art prints? To encourage reading and literacy and to provide a mirror for some kids to see themselves.  
You can purchase the pack of prints here.

READ Print 3

For this this print I imagined a South East Asian Girl. This is the third in a new series of prints with a simple concept, encourage reading and illustrate an array of young people reading, focusing on children of color. If you’d like to get a print of this one


Did you see the last print? Here it is.