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    Storytime with Mirelle Ortega

    Join us for a storytime event with debut author-illustrator Mirelle Ortega!

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA 90712

    Date: Sunday October 2, 2022

    Time: 3:00pm

    RSVP is required for this event. A pre-order of Mirelle’s book will serve as your RSVP. Mirelle’s is offering personalized copies, with a message and small drawing!

    To RSVP: 

    1. Add her book to the cart: Magic, Once Upon a Faraway Land

    2. Select “Local Pickup – Lakewood Mall” as your shipping option. 

    3. In the “Order Notes,” add your personalized message for Mirelle to include in your copy. 

    4. Come to our meet & greet/storytime on October 3 to pick up your book! 

    About the Book: MAGIC is an optimistic story about the magic of change and transformation, the big ones that we can’t control, like when pleasant rains turn to storms; and the ones we can, like when we learn to turn blank pages into pictures. It’s a story about the ups and downs of life, with vibrant illustrations set in Veracruz, Mexico. 

    Gentle Parenting Guiding Your Child Through Their Emotions

    FREE Community Workshop, hosted by TOC Therapy

    Gentle Parenting: Guiding Your Child Through Their Emotions

    Location: MiJa Books, 500 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA 90712

    Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022

    Time: 7:00pm

    An educational conversation on how you can help your child manage difficult emotions without feeling overwhelmed, led by therapist Ana Viana, M.S. This workshop is designed to support in gaining an understanding of basic child development and elements of emotional intelligence to model for your child. This workshop will also lead you and your child through a therapeutic activity to help build connection and a way for your child to feel more centered and grounded when they need it.

    Workshop Host: Ana Viana, M.S. is an outpatient clinician at TOC Therapy. She works with BIPOC adults and teens in individual therapy and helps BIPOC and interracial couples develop parenting identities. Ana uses an integrative approach of mindfulness, journaling, and art to guide her patients in the management of stress, anxiety, communication, and self-esteem.

    About TOC Therapy: TOC Therapy is an online group practice in California tailored to meet the mental health needs of BIPOC Adults in Individual and Couples Therapy. All clinicians are trauma-informed and culturally competent. When working on parenting issues, they integrate their client’s culture in treatment to assist them in their own inner child healing and building a parenting style that feels best for them. TOC Therapy Hosts free monthly workshops on mental health and wellness for BIPOC Adults. Request a free consultation through their website or sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know about their workshops.

    To RSVP, visit: https://toctherapyatmijabooks.eventbrite.com 

    Downey Dia de los Muertos

    Join us for Downey’s 9th Annual Día de los Muertos Art Festival! 

    Location: Downey Theater Plaza, 8435 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

    Date: Saturday October 29, 2022

    Time: 11am-8pm

    This event is free to attend and family-friendly! MiJa Books will have a DLM-themed booth and a schedule of local author signings. Stay-tuned for the line-up! 

    For more information about the festival, visit: http://ddlm.downeytheatre.org/

    Compton Fiestas Patrias

    Join us for the City of Compton’s Fiestas Patrias Celebration!

    Location: Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N Tamarind Avenue, Compton CA 90220

    Date: Saturday September 17

    Time: 12pm-6pm

    This event is free to attend and family-friendly! MiJa Books will be selling books at our designated booth.

    Canticos Event

    Join us for this special storytime with Susie Jaramillo! Every storytime attendee will be entered to win a Canticos book personally autographed by Susie. 

    CLICK HERE to register, space is limited!

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

    Date: Friday August 19

    Storytime: 4pm-5pm

    Ideal for ages 0 to 6.

    Susie is the creative force behind Canticos, the Emmy-nominated #1 bilingual preschool brand and is also the CEO of Encantos, an award winning storyteaching platform.

    An artist, entrepreneur, and mom, Susie realized the songs and stories of her childhood were missing in the U.S. She wanted to raise her children to love their culture and heritage, so she brought these songs and stories to life for a new audience with adorable animated characters and music. Susie believes storytellers are teachers and creativity is a superpower, so she launched Canticos to inspire, excite, and teach a new generation of bilingual learners.

    Learn more about Canticos online at canticosworld.com.

    Skillful and Soulful Press

    Join us for a guided illustration workshop with artist Rey Mora and meet author Sandra Gonzalez-Mora, a husband and wife creative duo!

    CLICK HERE to register, space is limited!

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

    Date: Saturday August 20

    Time: 2pm

    Artist Rey Mora will guide participants through a drawing of a hummingbird and add finishing touches with watercolor painting. ALL SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED. All ages welcome!

    Author Sandra Gonzalez-Mora will be present for a meet & greet and book signing for her collection of bilingual (English-Spanish) children’s books. Read more about the collection here: https://www.skillfulandsoulful.com/our-books

    Author Event with Sandy Zanella

    Join us for an interactive Storytime with Sandy Zanella, author of Happy Yogis! FREE to attend. 

    CLICK HERE to register, space is limited!

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

    Date: THURSDAY JULY 28

    Interactive Storytime: 11:00am

    Meet & Greet/Book Signing: 11:30am-1:00pm

    About the Book:

    Happy Yogis is a pose-by-pose yoga book with positive affirmations, inspired  by the author’s mixed kids (Mexican-Italian). She hopes to share the message of mindfulness, yoga, and self-love to families around the world and encourage them to do yoga together, creating a special bond as a family.

    The interactive book reading will incorporate:

    • guided yoga poses repeating the positive affirmations
    • breathing and meditation exercises

    About the Author: 

    Dr. Sandy Zanella is a mom of 2, a physician by training and a kids yoga teacher. She is the author and creator of “Happy Yogis,” a colorful pose-by-pose book inspired by her kids. She wants to encourage children to love and accept themselves as they are and help families thrive and find joy together.

    McGhee Author Event

    Join us for a live Storytime with authors Shayla & Payton McGhee, all the way from Atlanta, Georgia! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of one of their books, including their coloring books. 

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP

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

    Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022

    Meet & Greet/Book Signing: 12pm-1:30pm

    Book Read-Aloud: 1:30pm

    Check out her website to see their book collection!

    About the Authors:

    Born and raised in Georgia, Shayla McGhee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Spelman College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Secondary Education. After completing her undergraduate studies, Shayla attended the University of Georgia School of Law and is a current member of the Georgia Bar. Her expertise in education afforded her the opportunity to create digital content for the state of Georgia. In addition to writing, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

    Shayla is the owner and operator of Sable Inspired Books. A publishing company that aims to publish fun and creative books with diverse characters. In 2022, she opened Ivory Pen Publishing to help others bring their dream of becoming authors to life.

    Payton McGhee has a love for rainbows, unicorns, and of course, travel. In just a few short years, she has had the opportunity to visit Belgium, France, Holland, and London. When she is not writing in her journal, she can be found spending time with her family, playing with her friends, and participating in extra-curricular activities such as gymnastics, cross country, and cheerleading.

    Leimert Park Juneteenth

    Join us for the one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the COUNTRY! MiJa Books is proud to be a vendor at this year’s celebration. Hope to see you there!

    FREE TO ATTEND

    Location: Leimert Park Village 

    Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022

    Time: 12pm-9pm

    Every year since June 19th, 1865, the Black community has come together in the spirit of freedom. A freedom that still prevails despite systemic threats to existence. Forty years ago Robert Leonard began the tradition of Juneteenth in Leimert Park Village. Since then, it has continued to be celebrated in varying ways.

    In 2018, a few dedicated creatives came together to put on the first ever Leimert Park Rising: Juneteenth Celebration. True to the essence of Leimert Park, this event celebrated Black freedom by honoring the ancestors and our community through art, music, food and education.

    La Joya Press Event

    Join us for a live Bilingual Storytime with authors Juliana Anthony Hernandez and Elena Gaona! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of their new bilingual (English-Spanish) book. Both Juliana and Elena will be available for a meet & greet/book signing before and after the scheduled read-aloud. 

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

    Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022

    Meet & Greet/Book Signing: 1pm-3pm

    Book Read-Aloud: 2:30pm

    About the Book: “Between Friends/Entre Amigos,” is a fully bilingual hardback and paperback picture book about how true friendship can make life sweeter. Healthy friendships are core to children’s wellbeing and joy, and in the book children will see fun, positive friends in action, and also learn new words in English and Spanish.

    About the Authors: Juliana Anthony Hernandez is the founder of La Joya Press, and co-author of the book. She is a bilingual elementary teacher with San Diego Unified who began her career in Texas, in her Mexican-American community. As a mother of three boys whom she home schooled during the pandemic, she is always searching for quality reading materials to help her students and sons learn more about the world and diversity around them. She lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband, Derek, and their sons, George, Julián and Tomás.

    Elena is the co-founder of La Joya Press, and co-author of the book. She is a communications director at a nonprofit in Washington, DC and blogs about Latino/as/x in the District. She has worked at UnidosUS, the Center for American Progress, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and HUD. She was also a reporter at the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and La Opinión. Elena is married to Keith and they have two daughters, Maya and Fabiola.

    Jennifer Vassel Author Event

    Join us for a live Storytime with author Jennifer Vassel! FREE to attend with an in-store purchase of her book. Both Jennifer and Maritere, the translator for the Spanish version of Jennifer’s book, will be available for a meet & greet/book signing before and after the scheduled read-aloud. 

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

    Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022

    Meet & Greet/Book Signing: 1pm-4pm

    Book Read-Aloud: 2pm

    About the book:
    “I Am Unique!“ is a story about self-love and sharing your unique gifts with the world. Erin is the main character of the story. She has a birthmark and a passion for acting. Erin wants to try out for the leading role in her school’s play, but when her best friend questions whether she would suit the role because of her birthmark, she has to decide if she’s going to let a perceived “flaw” get in the way of her dream.

    This story lives within all of us. Whether it is a birthmark like Erin’s, crooked teeth, or even something we can’t physically see, we all have something about us that could trigger insecurities. When we live in a time where media largely influences our perceptions of beauty, esteem, and success, we have to be sure that young girls and women alike know it’s okay to be who they truly are.

    About the Author: Jennifer Vassel is a Jamaican-American children’s book author, speaker, and creative entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, CA. She writes about self-love and inspiring kids (and adults) to rise above their insecurities and share their unique gifts with the world. Her work has been featured in/on Forbes, Black Enterprise, Essence, Good Day LA and Spectrum News. To learn more about Jennifer and her work, visit her website at www.jennifervassel.com.


    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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