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)

Hotel block rate can be booked by January 30th. 

The Garland Special Rate: SCIBA Children's Literacy


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.


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.

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.

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


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Children's Literacy Day, 2018