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The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) is a non-profit trade association of independent booksellers, book wholesalers, publishers and other industry professionals located primarily in Southern California and Southern Nevada. 

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Register for Children's Literacy Day

 

Our annual Children's Literacy day is scheduled for Saturday, February 24th, at the Garland Hotel, North Hollywood. Book talks, panels and dinner and author reception (ticketed, $110 for members)

If you need a hotel room, please email the office


Speaker Jennifer Adams is the author of more than 40 books, including the BabyLit board book series, which introduces small children to the world of classic literature, and My Little Cities board books, illustrated by the award-winning Greg Pizzoli. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parents magazine, and Vanity Fair. Jen is also a children’s editor at Sounds True Publishing, and a part time bookseller at The King’s English in Salt Lake City. For more, visit jennifer-adams.com.
I Am a Warrior Goddess is the illustrated tale of a little girl with big aspirations. Readers ages 4–8 learn how each day is full of ways to make a positive impact with ordinary actions. As our heroine connects with the earth, takes care of her body, and finds strength in kindness, she discovers her inner warrior goddess and inspires young girls everywhere to do the same.  
  Speaker JUANA MARTINEZ-NEAL is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. She  also attended the School of Fine Arts at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in her native country of Peru. She received a Grand Prize from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators at their annual Portfolio Showcase, and one of her books was named International Board on Books for Young People U.K. Honor Book for Illustration. She started her story in Lima, Peru, and then moved to the United States. Juana Martinez-Neal is still writing the story of her life, with the help of her husband and three children, in Arizona.
Alma and How She Got Her Name
Juana Martinez-Neal
HC: 9780763693558 | Spanish HC: 9780763693589 | On-sale 04/10/18 | Picture book | Ages 4-8

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells a vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! Just think of how hard it is to fit them all on the back of a little photo. How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.
 
 
 
  A former teacher who is now a Hollywood screenwriter, Jonathan W. Stokes has written screenplays on assignment for Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Paramount, New Line, and Sony/Columbia. Inspired by a childhood love of The Goonies and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jonathan wrote his first novel, Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas in 2016. The first two books in his next middle grade series, The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome and The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution were released in January 2018. Born in Manhattan, he currently resides in Los Angeles, where he can be found showing off his incredible taste in dishware and impressive 96% accuracy with high fives. 

The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome: A Handbook for Time Travelers is a snappy, informative travel guide that comes in the package with your time machine purchase in the year 2163. It contains information vital to the sensible time traveler:

• Where can I find a decent hotel room in ancient Rome for under five sesterces a day? Is horse parking included?
• What do I do if I’m attacked by barbarians?
• What are my legal options if I’m fed to the lions at the Colosseum?


The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution provides useful information for the practical time traveler, like:

• Where can I find a decent hotel room in colonial New England? Are major credit cards accepted?
• How do I join the Boston Tea Party without winding up in a British prison?
• How can I score a lunch with Alexander Hamilton?


Designed as a parody of Fodor’s, complete with humorous maps, reviews of top attractions (Julius Caesar’s assassination is a must-see!), and tips on who to have lunch with (Hannibal, assuming he doesn’t kill you). If you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook you would need.
   
  James J. Owens is a professor of management communication at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. James is Founder and CEO of the international children’s charity The World is Just a Book Away (WIJABA), which promotes literacy by developing libraries and educational programs. Since its inception in 2008, WIJABA has built 90 libraries, touching the lives of more than 90,000 children in 3 countries. James collected and edited the 60 essays in this book over the course of 15 years. His profit from this book will benefit the charity. James is also a writer, a corporate leadership coach, and a motivational speaker. He lives with his son Alexander in Santa Monica, CA. For more information please visit www.wijaba.org.
   
  Marie Miranda Cruz is a writer and scientist. She grew up in the Philippines and her work reflects her multicultural roots, both in the country of her birth and in her adopted California. Everlasting Nora is her debut novel. Please visit her online at www.cruzwrites.com.  
EVERLASTING NORA is about a twelve-year-old girl who became homeless after a fire destroyed her home and killed her father. Nora and her mother are forced to live in the Manila North Cemetery where the poor sleep among the dead. All Nora wants is to live in a real home but when her mother goes missing, she discovers there’s more to the meaning of home than she’s ever understood before.    
  Carter Higgins has worked as both a motion graphics designer and a librarian, two interests she combines in her blog, Design of the Picture Book, where she celebrates picture books through the lens of graphic design principles. She is the former Children's Book Editor for the wildly popular blog Design Mom. She is an active member of SCBWI, a core member of the Picture Book Month team, and, most importantly, the librarian at the John Thomas Dye School in Los Angeles. She’s on Twitter at @CarterHiggins and lives in Burbank, California. 
 This lyrical text from author Carter Higgins gives life and meaning to all the requisite elements of a treehouse, from time, timber, and rafters to a rope of twisted twine, so you can sprawl out on a limb and slide back down again. Higgins’s text, filled with beautiful images and an incredibly readable assonant cadence, captures the universal timelessness of the treehouse and celebrates all the creativity, poignancy, and adventure inherent therein.  
  Cynthia Wylie grew up on a farm, where she developed her love for all things green. Along with inventing unique gardening products, she has taught thousands of children how to garden. She has also raised four vegetable-eating children of her own in Venice, California. 
 Join the Bloomers on a whimsical adventure as they attend a magical boarding school on Bloomers Island. As Pete Moss, Rosey Posey, Big Red, Violet, and their friends prepare for the Great Garden Party, they learn about gardening, healthy eating, and caring for the environment. The treehouse school is held by the arms of Mr. Banyan, a tree about to celebrate his 200th birthday. His birthday party is filled with fun games that teach the curious students that gardening is not at all boring or hard—that it’s actually really fun!  
  Drew Beckmeyer is an elementary school art teacher. He lives in Los Angeles, California. This is his first book. 
Some of us like the comfort of familiarity—staying close to the home we've always known, making a life, building a community. For some, the intimacy of the old routine is satisfaction itself. But the known is not for everyone.
When the 5 protagonists get to wondering what's on the other side of their island, they can't stop until they find out. What follows is an epic journey of discovery, danger, imagination, and ultimately, bittersweet fulfillment.

Is this sophisticated picture book about man versus earth? Man versus man? Or man versus self? Like our protagonists, every reader will find their own right answer in this haunting and deceptively simple modern fable.
 
  Garret Weyr is the author of six novels, some of which have been banned, translated into a multitude of languages, and/or included in college curricula. She is a Printz Honor award recipient and her short stories have been published in the Greensboro Review, Christopher Street, and the anthology Starry-Eyed. Her short story “The Ugly Duckling” was short listed for the Manchester Fiction Prize. She lives in Venice Beach with her large cat and sweet, sad dog. 
Grisha is a dragon in a world that’s forgotten how to see him. Maggie is a precocious child who thinks she’s perfectly ordinary. They’re an unlikely duo—but magic often makes unlikely friendships.

And magic has chosen Grisha and Maggie to solve the darkest mystery in Vienna. Decades ago, when World War II broke out, someone decided that there were too many dragons. As Grisha and Maggie navigate the inner bureaucracies of the Department of Extinct Exotics, negotiate with talking cats, and evade a dangerous magician, the two friends ask the question everyone’s forgotten: Where have the missing dragons gone? And is there a way to save them?
At once richly magical and tragically historical, The Language of Spells is an adventure about remembering old stories, forging new ones, and the transformative power of friendship.
 
  Laura Kelly has a BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MA from the CA School of Professional Psychology. An essay of hers is included in the anthology Things We Haven’t Said edited by Erin Moulton, to be published in March 2018. In years past she has worked in the field of disability advocacy promoting standards for accessible housing and public spaces. Currently Laura is writing a memoir about her 11 years of sexual abuse from her father and the psychological effect that had on the person she became. If you ask Laura what her greatest accomplishment is, she will say it was helping two baby boys become fine young men. Both of her sons are now independent, self-confident, happily married to lovely women. Given Laura’s own upbringing in a dysfunctional incest family, with no role models to guide her, this is no small achievement. When not found in her analyst’s office, you can find Laura writing, reading, gardening or cooking at home, or out at the theater or dancing. 
Things We Haven't Said is a powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, vignettes and interviews written by a diverse group of impressive adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. Structured to incorporate creative writing to engage the reader and informative interviews to dig for context, this anthology is a valuable resource of hope, grit and honest conversation that will help teens tackle the topic of sexual violence, upend stigma and maintain hope for a better future.  
  Danielle Davis grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and now lives in Los Angeles
where she reads, writes, and roller skates. She’s earned an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing and her short stories have been published in literary magazines. She’s had the privilege of teaching English to middle school and community college students andcurrently volunteers with literary organizations in L.A. Zinnia and the Bees is her first novel. 
Infused with magical realism, Danielle Davis delivers a quirky, heartfelt debut, exploring
both the complex life of a young loner and a comical hive of honeybees. Together, these alternating and unexpected perspectives will touch anyone who has ever felt alone, betrayed, or misunderstood.
 
   
   

Schedule

Session

Noon – Ballroom North

Opening Speaker

James J. Owens is a professor of management communication at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. James is Founder and CEO of the international children’s charity The World is Just a Book Away (WIJABA), which promotes literacy by developing libraries and educational programs. Since its inception in 2008, WIJABA has built 90 libraries, touching the lives of more than 90,000 children in 3 countries. James collected and edited the 60 essays in this book over the course of 15 years. His profit from this book will benefit the charity. James is also a writer, a corporate leadership coach, and a motivational speaker. He lives with his son Alexander in Santa Monica, CA. For more information please visit www.wijaba.org

12:30 – Ballroom North

Rep Picks - Our most requested session, featuring our enthusiastic publisher sales representatives. Find out what is in your reading future.

1:30 – Ballroom North

 

2:30 – Ballroom North

Break

3:00 - Theater

Things We Haven't Said -  Author Laura Kelly in conversation with Alyson Hamlin. 
Things We Haven't Said is a powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, vignettes and interviews written by a diverse group of impressive adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. Structured to incorporate creative writing to engage the reader and informative interviews to dig for context, this anthology is a valuable resource of hope, grit and honest conversation that will help teens tackle the topic of sexual violence, upend stigma and maintain hope for a better future

3:00 – Ballroom North

Picture Book Panel, Moderated by Alyson Beecher, Pasadena
Featuring: Carter Higgins, Drew Beckmeyer, Elycia Rubin, and Cynthia Wylie

4:30 – Ballroom North

Story Pirates Presentation

5:00 – Ballroom South

Bar opens

6:00 – Ballroom North

Children's Literacy Dinner featuring:
Jennifer Adams, Jonathan Stokes, Marie Miranda Cruz, and Juana Martinez-Neal (2018 Winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award)

8:00 - Ballroom North

After Dinner Signing




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