We need diverse books Tag

3rd Annual Social Justice Children’s Book Holiday Fair

What up family, this is the third year we’ve done the “Social Justice Children’s Bk Holiday Fair” and the venue, date, and some of the guests are above. Please bring your children, families, teachers, librarians, friends, and activists to come meet some of these kids bk makers and hang out. The following is a list of some of the authors that will be present!
Laura Atkins
John Casselberry
Madeline Connor
Angela Dalton
Michael Genhart
Maya Gonzalez- Reflection Press
Daria Leavitt
Kamaria Lofton-Like The Moon
Janine Macbeth-Blood Orange Press
Innosanto Nagara
Beth Reichmuth
Lourdes Rivas
Matthew Smith-Reflection Press
Justine Villanueva- Sawaga River press
Khalid White
Here is the facebook event LINK please rsvp and share, share, share!
This year we’re back at Chapter 510 in Oakland.

Latino Comics Expo – Modesto March 15-16th

This is the 8th annual Latino Comics Expo. I attended one of the first expos in San Francisco and since then, the organizers (Ricardo Padilla and Javier Hernandez) have created events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Columbus Ohio, San Jose,  and Brownsville Texas. This is the schedule for panels and speakers.
I will be there selling my books and other goodies. Please come or invite someone you know who lives in Stanislaus county (Modesto, Turlock, Salida). If you’d like more info, please go HERE.
The LCE, has not only provided warm and welcoming environments for creators of stories and story seekers, they have also helped promote academic study of Latino Comics, animation, and film events. With their ground breaking collaboration “Sol Con” they are also bridging cultures by encouraging Black and Brown creators to join forces. Stay tuned and follow them on 

Campaign worth supporting-They Call Me Mix (kids book)

Hey folks! Ok all my children’s book lovers, authors, illustrators, librarians, bk sellers, advocates….come closer. This book is at 202 backers. We need to get it to 250. Doesn’t matter if you donate $1 or $500. Let’s get this book by a two POC authors made. Not only is it written and illustrated by them, it focuses on gender and what it means-especially for young students preschool to elementary school age. Put this on your networks and follow the page  and 

here is a link to the kickstarter

Author: Lourdes

Illustrator: Breena Nunez

Zombi Kid campaign

Support this dope project, el Zombi Kid!!! 
Who: 656 Comics! 
Where: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > The world 
What: An incredible new graphic novel (in spanish) about loss of loved ones, bringing them back from the after life, etc by an experienced crew of illustrators, writers, and designers who’ve brought over 10 comics to life and continue to be a creative force in their city on the border of Mexico and the U.S. Middle grade
Why: Because we need to read more incredible spanish sci-fi/fantasy/horror/funny comics. 
When: Their campaign ends in 56 days (posted May 10th, 2017) 
How: Sharing, sharing and more sharing

If you’ll recall I visited 656 Comics a few years back to talk about art making and have worked with them in the past as a contributor to one of many comics they’ve produced. Check out this old video where they talk about who they make comics for.

We Need Diverse Books roundtable

This is part one of a roundtable discussion online about best practices or advice for new illustrators in children’s books. And it features people in traditional publishing and independent publishing. I get to chime in alongside some greats.


Furqan’s First Flat Top UPDATE 20 (where you can buy the book AZ-DC)

Ashay By The Bay now has a shop in Oakland. Go to 1411 Webster Street, Oakland, California 94589

Ok, here are some awesome bookstores run by independent families and creatives where you can purchase “Furqan’s First Flat Top”. Also, for those who would like to get the book into your library locally, you can tell your library that the book is available through “Brodart Company” which sells books directly to libraries nationwide! So, go to your local library or bookstore and request it please. Also, go to these independent bookstores and patronize them, so that we continue to have bookstores run by people.

In New Orleans, you can purchase the book at “Community Book Center” 2523 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119 or on facebook.

St.Louis-Missouri Please go to https://www.eyeseeme.com/ 7827 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130

Berkeley, CA-Go to http://mrmopps.net/books/ 1405 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA 94709
Also in Berkeley, CA– www.mrsdalloways.com 2904 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Phoenix, Arizonawww.palabrasbookstore.com 1023 Grand Ave b, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Baltimore, Maryland– https://redemmas.org 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Washington D.C. – www.sankofa.com/ 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Online/Internationalwww.Booklandiabox.com A bilingual subscription service for spanish 
If you’re in the town (Oakland) you can also get the book at E14 gallery run by the East Side fam. Go to https://www.e14gallery.com 472 Ninth St Oakland, CA 94607

National distributor-www.brodart.com/ Based in Williamsport Pennsylvania they have been doing books for over 
75 years. Hereyou can get your local library to purchase books from through them. Some folks like to 
purchase through a distributor, so there you go.
If any one has questions about getting the book or getting it into your local spot please email me at 
And please share the book trailer with your folks.

Panel discussion w/ Janine Macbeth, Maya Gonzalez, and Carole Davidson

Yo, I got a chance to speak with Maya, Janine, and librarian Carole Davidson at the central San Francisco librarian. We had a tiny audience but those who were there showed much attentiveness and respect and I had fun talking with everyone because Janine and Maya inspire me to keep going. In this talk we speak about what it takes to make books and what diversity means to us. Please listen.

San Francisco Public Library-We love diverse books

So I just read at the San Francisco Public library last week and Im thrilled to be a part of this amazing first year of “We love diverse books” program that is bringing in lots of cool books and authors. Please check out the image originally painted by Blood Orange Press founder Janine Macbeth.


To see some of the other authors or to find out more information go here.

Also, check out the article the SF Chronicle did about it so far. BIG shout out to Cristina Mitra who invited me to come read my book to the kids.

Reading at LitQuake

Its pretty dope to have been a part of Lit Quake. I got a chance to read and talk about what I do in front of many classes of elementary school children in San Francisco. The kids were from all over the city and they were brought to the downtown SF public library to hear some authors show their books and to talk about how they do what they do. It was cool to be on that stage with some authors who were published by major publishers and here I am, the independent up there with them!

 I met Katrina Goldsaito ( The Sound of Silence), Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Also an Octopus), and Isabel Campoy (author or way over 100 books!) Check out some of the photos of kids getting books signed and the authors speaking. Big thanks to Christina Mitra who I had met previously and is an awesome librarian at SFPL. And thanks to Summer Dawn Laurie who coordinated us getting up there to share. For more info visit LitQuake!
Dig this? Check out this discussion I did with Prospect Sierra at Pegasus Books in Berkeley Ca.