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Upcoming & Past Events

     

    Author Quentin Holmes

    Join us for a meet & greet and book signing with author Quentin Holmes! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of at least one of his books. 

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Suite 39 (Across from Macy’s), Lakewood CA 90712

    Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022

    Time: 1pm-3pm

    About the books: The Sporty Lou series is for kids 3-to-6-years old who LOVE sports! Sporty Lou is a spunky determined kid with a big heart and bigger imagination. At the feet of his ‘mighty dad’, Sporty Lou is taught the basics of soccer.

    Johnny Skip 2 is a world traveler; a collector of small things, and an adventurer all wrapped up into one little kid. But he needs your help! Come travel with Johnny and his little dog Grounder as they journey to the wonderful land of Australia in search of native muntrie berries.

    About the Author: Author, entrepreneur and brand creator, Quentin “Q” Holmes has dedicated his life to empowering the world’s youth through trendsetting literature, media, and fashion.

    Festival of Great Reads 2022_Flyer

    Join us for the Festival of Great Reads Book Fair 2022, hosted by Long Beach City College! Our co-founder Stephanie Moran Reed will be a panelist during the 12pm panel: Representation Matters: Why we need more women authors.

    Location: LBCC Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach CA 90806 

    Date/Time: Saturday April 23, 10am to 3pm.

    This FREE, family-friendly event features books and authors, entertainment, food and activities for the kids. The annual festival was founded in 2017 as a grassroots way to foster love for literacy among all ages.

    For complete details about the event, the organization, and current COVID-19 protocols, visit www.festivalofgreatreads.org

    Ana Maritza Rivera

    Join us for a meet & greet and book signing with author Ana Maritza Rivera! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of her picture book If You Could Hear My Hands.

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Suite 39 (Across from Macy’s), Lakewood CA 90712

    Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022

    Time: 11:30am-1:30pm

    About the book: If You Could Hear My Hands is about a 5-year-old deaf girl named Victoria. Growing up, Victoria is raised by a foster family who lacks knowledge of the deaf community/culture. She was not able to express herself. Before Victoria begins school, she is adopted by a deaf couple. Eventually, Victoria learns American Sign Language and adapts the deaf culture.

    About the Author:
    Ana Maritza is a first-time writer, author of If You Could Hear My Hands, and is the first California State University, Northridge Deaf Studies undergraduate to intern in Washington, D.C for a member of the United States Congress. As an American Sign Language interpreter, Ana Maritza obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies, has a certification in American Sign Language, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Disability Services in Higher Education.

    Ana Maritza is dedicated to the awareness and appreciation of culture. Ana Maritza works to bring awareness to not only the Hispanic community but to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community amongst other underserved communities.

    Danny Jordan Meet and Greet

    Join us for a meet & greet and book signing with author Danny Jordan! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of his picture book Rae’s First Day.

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Suite 39 (Across from Macy’s), Lakewood CA 90712

    Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

    Time: 1pm-3pm

    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).

    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?

    City of STEM Launch Event

    Stop by the MiJa Books booth at the City of STEM Launch Event! We will be showcasing a special STEM-themed book selection available for purchase. 

    City of STEM kicks-off its month-long science festival with a free Launch Event on April 2, 2022. Meet science celebrities, explore wilderness and wildlife conservation, imagine an engineering design challenge, and so much more! Throughout April, over 100 partners across Southern California will offer hands-on learning opportunities, special workshops, visit programs, and free giveaways.

    For more information about the event and City of STEM, visit: https://www.cityofstem.org/

    Location: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, CA 90242

    Date: Saturday April 2, 2022

    Time: 10am-4pm

    Sharifa Anozie Event

    Join us for a meet & greet, book read-aloud and signing with author Sharifa Anozie! She’ll be facilitating a read-aloud of BOTH of her books, Sibling Love and It’s In You: A Book for Big Dreamers. FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of either of her picture books. 

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Suite 39 (Across from Macy’s), Lakewood CA 90712

    Date: Sunday, March 27, 2022 

    Time: 12:30pm

    About her books:

    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. 

    Amy Hwang Author Event

    Join us for a meet & greet and book signing with author Amy Hwang, and four of the illustrators featured in her book! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of their picture book If She Can, You Can!: Tales of 16 Women of Biblical Faith and Courage.

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Suite 39 (Across from Macy’s), Lakewood CA 90712

    Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022

    Time: 1pm-4pm

    About the Book: A children’s book by Amy Hwang, about the female heroes from the Bible, recasting and highlighting their stories of faith and boldness.
    If She Can, You Can! is a children’s book about the stories of sixteen women in the Bible who broke the rules, overcame stigma, and went against what the world expected of them as women. With courage and faith, they always took a step forward. Their actions of boldness were not only for themselves but for the people around them. Instead of listening to: “How dare she?” “How could she?”, “Why would she?”, “She can’t.”, “She shouldn’t.”, or “She mustn’t.” These sixteen women asked themselves, “How does your heart feel?”, “What does your mind say?”, and most importantly, “what does God tell you?”

    About the Author: Amy Hwang is a registered nurse, musician, teacher, and soon-to-be family nurse practitioner who lives in Southern California. She shares her love for children through involvement in children’s ministry, missions, and nonprofit organizations. Amy envisions using her writing to empower children to grow in Imago Dei (Image of God in Latin), walk in the truth, and soar with courage. You can learn more about Amy on her social media (IG and FB) @amyhwangwrites.

    Donte Wade Jr Author Event

    MiJa Books will be a vendor at the City of Compton’s Black History Month Celebration! 

    Location: Dollarhide Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave., Compton CA 90230

    Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022

    Time: 12pm-4pm

    For more information, visit The City of Compton

    Judy Li Author Event
    Join us for a meet & greet and book signing with author Judy Li! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of her bilingual board book Baby Snack Time.

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Suite 39 (Across from Macy’s), Lakewood CA 90712

    Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022

    Time: 12pm-2pm

    About the Author:
    Judy Li is a Taiwanese American writer and designer currently living in Southern California. She has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s degree in visual communication.

    “Baby Snack Time” is Judy’s first children’s book. She saw a need for more English Chinese bilingual books in the children’s books market, especially for many modern families with mixed-heritage children. Judy wanted to create a colorful and lively learning book that is centered on food, a pillar of Asian culture. In “Baby Snack Time,” Judy uses her talent in visual storytelling to help the next generation learn Chinese vocabulary while celebrating familiar Asian snacks she loved as a child.

    About the Book:
    Baby Snack Time is a bilingual board book written in English and Traditional Mandarin Chinese with pinyin, a Romanization system created for non-native readers to learn Mandarin pronunciation. It celebrates Asian culture with nostalgic snacks that many Asian family households grew up with! It features a main Asian character so that children can see themselves represented in books.

    Follow baby Juju during her snack time and learn fun new things, like counting, directions, colors, shapes, animals and fruits as well as Mandarin Chinese vocabulary! This book is perfect for children ages 1-6, during a child’s prime time for language development.

    Donte Wade Jr Author Event

    Join us for a meet & greet and book signing with author Donte Wade Jr.! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of his picture book Wade’s Super Duper Cape.

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Suite 39 (Across from Macy’s), Lakewood CA 90712

    Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022

    Time: 4pm-6pm

    About the Author:

    Between the ages of 4-8, Donte jr. struggled with severe tantrums, constantly fidgeting, and difficulty focusing. It was a very challenging time for him. Most people did not understand his behavior and quickly assumed he was a “bad child”; thus, there was an unfair bias against him. At the age of 7, Donte went through a professional evaluation and was diagnosed with ADHD. (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Donte’s parents provide him with resources to focus on his strengths such as weekly therapy sessions, changing eating habits, practical communication skills, meditation, and writing. Donte’s family created a mantra, “Love Your Super Duper Powers,” to remind him that he is powerful and no one can take his power away. Donte’s love for reading, writing, superheroes, and anime led him to co-write Wade’s Super Duper Cape. He wanted to share his past experiences and help other kids that feel misunderstood and have a challenging time expressing themselves. His message is to believe in yourself, harness your powers to love yourself, have confidence, and be accountable for your actions so you can learn and grow.

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