12 Days of Authors at MiJa Books

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12 Days of Authors

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Sharifa Anozie Dec 3

Sibling Love

Full of fun, and vibrant illustrations, the messages highlight all the things that sibling love is made of; complete with sharing, singing, dancing, and everyday activities that siblings experience and share. Inside you’ll find a diverse group of siblings of different races and gender.

Siblings are often our very first friends and it’s the way children learn to handle relationships, closeness, give support, and resolve conflicts. Perfect for all sibling relationships!

It’s In You: A Book for Big Dreamers

Through playful rhyme, humor and dazzling illustrations, It’s In You inspires young readers to dream big and to follow their instincts. It uses the life cycle of a butterfly to metaphorically teach them that even through the many obstacles or failures they may encounter, everything they need to succeed is already within.

About the Author: Sharifa Anozie is a speaker, entrepreneur, and 2x best-selling author of It’s In You and Sibling Love.  A graduate of Penn State University, she holds a B.A. in Journalism with distinction from the College of Communications. As a mom of two, she writes stories that encourage, inspire and promote diversity. 

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Danny Jordan Dec 4

About the Book:
Rae is like many five year olds with one BIG exception: she has a super-secret superpower. Unlike her limb difference, which is visible for all to see, her superpower is something she has never shown anyone before. But it’s her first day of school and her classmates are in need. Will she keep her power to herself…or use it to help her new friends?

About the Author:
Danny Jordan is a proud husband and dad, and lover of sports and live theater. When his daughter was diagnosed with an upper limb difference in 2018, he became an advocate for inclusion and accurate representation of disability in the media.

Rae’s First Day, the premiere story in The Capables book series, has received the Kirkus Star and was named one of the Best Books of 2021 by Kirkus Reviews magazine. The second book in The Capables series, Lex Saves the Day, will be released in the fall of 2022.

Outside of this thrilling new literary adventure, Danny has produced and directed over 150 hours of primetime major network and cable television programming. Select producing credits include: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Biggest Loser, MasterChef, Deal or No Deal, Storage Wars, and Playbill Presents: The Broadway Cast (Top 100 Apple Podcast).

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Dec 9 Christina Forshay

About the Illustrator: 

Christina Barragan Forshay is from the Los Angeles area. Growing up, she loved to create art and play sports. She still loves doing these things as a grown up! She now illustrates picture books and other types of art for children. Christina focuses on portraying strong, brave kids doing the things they love!
Read more and view all of her work on her website: https://www.christinaforshay.com/about


Dec 9 Christina Forshay

About the Author: 

Shoshana lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and 4 kids. She created Positively Me: An ABC Book to shed light on the positive attributes of those living on the spectrum like her young son Vladimir. She’s hopes this book will help other children see the very best of themselves. 


Dec 11 Cindy Montenegro

About the Author: 

Cindy Montenegro is the author of My Mind is a Mountain (published by Lil’ Libros) and a mental health therapist from Paramount, California. Her imagination is influenced by her childhood memories, love of the outdoors, and passion for mental health. Cindy hopes that her writing will inspire readers to celebrate all of their emotions, no matter how big or small they may be! This is her first children’s book. 


Dec 12 Naibe Reynoso

About the Author: 

Naibe Reynoso is a Mexican-American Multi-Emmy award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles California. She is also a speaker and author.

She has worked and contributed to various regional, national and international networks including KTLA, ​France 24, Univision Network, Reelz Channel, CNN en Español, the Biogra​phy Channel, Fox News Latino, Larry King’s ORA TV, and has even filled in as a co-host on ABC’s “The View”. She also co-created “The TRENDTalk,” a one-hour talk show and co-founded the events company Latinafest LLC which has produced over a dozen successful events in the Los Angeles Area.

In 2018 she created Con Todo Press.

About Con Todo Press: 

Con Todo Press is a Latina-owned publishing company that creates children’s books that celebrate Latino leaders and culture to help fill the gap in the publishing industry, where Latina/o/x stories are vastly under-represented. CON TODO PRESS was created in 2018 to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. CTP publishes books that reflect a more balanced representation of women, Latinos, and people of color. Their first book, “Be Bold, Be Brave: 11 Latinas who made U.S. History,” highlights 11 women who excelled in medicine, science, sports, the arts, journalism and politics. Their mission is to keep producing books told from an authentic and relatable perspective, that will bridge the gap between communities of color and media.


Dec 15 Iman
DEC 16 Maritere
Dec 17 Kayden
Dec 18 Grands
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