International Literacy Day

Today, September 8th, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be once again working to increase literacy awareness by hosting the 53rd Annual International Literacy Day.

This year’s focus is on ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’ by recognizing and addressing how multilingualism impacts literacy.  This year’s event will be held in Paris, but don’t worry, there are ways to participate no matter where you are.

Some ideas for promoting literacy:

      1.  Volunteer with a community agency that helps promote literacy.
      2. Say thank you to a teacher in your life.
      3. Read a book to a child.
      4. Visit your local library.
      5. Donate a few dollars to a local literacy group.

Read A Book Day


This Friday, what will you be doing?  Grab a book and take some time to participate in “National Read a Book Day.”

We all love books, but making time to read can often be a challenge.  To help celebrate “National Read a Book Day,” share your favorite book with your friends and family.

Here are a few ways to join in the fun:

    • Host a Book Sharing event where everyone highlights one of their favorite novels
    • Post on social media using #ReadABookDay
    • Swap a book with another book lover
    • Visit your local book store
    • Host a bookmark making party
    • AND DON’T FORGET, READ A BOOK!

Happy #ReadABookDay!

Do You Have Your Tickets Yet?

The 34th Annual Judy Lopez Award for Children’s Literature Reception and Afternoon Tea is just around the corner on September 15th.  If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, there is still time!

Join the Women’s National Book Association/ Los Angeles Chapter at the Culver Hotel.  Reception and Book Sales start at 1:00 P.M. and the Tea and Program will run from 2:00-4:00 P.M.

This year’s Tea is being held in memory of Margaret Flanders (1940-2019).

Mark your calendar and secure your tickets today: Click Here for More Information.

Book Fair Coming to Leimert Park Village

If you’re looking for a fun, book-filled weekend (and seriously, who isn’t?), then make sure to add the Leimert Park Village Book Fair to your calendar.  On Saturday, August 24th from 10am to 5pm, the event voted “one of LA’s 5 best annual book festivals” will be held at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.  With multiple authors and book events happening throughout the day, the certain highlight will be the presentation and live cooking demonstrations provided by Laila Ali, the successful boxer and cookbook author, whom also happens to be the daughter of Muhammad Ali. 

Over 40 additional authors will be participating, along with a star-studded panel of presenters including Los Angeles Poet Laureate (2014-2016) Luis J. Rodriguez and more.  Exhibitors including CLBC, County of Los Angeles Public Library, Kensington Books, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Farm Fresh To You, Los Angeles Philharmonic and many others will be participating.  Be sure to check it out!

And The Winners Are…

After much deliberation, the 2019 winners have been announced!  Come honor the winners of the 34th Annual Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature at the historic Culver Hotel on September 15th.

The 2019 Medalist is:

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
by M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin
(Candlewick Press)

And the 2019 Honor Book Selections are:

Sweep: the Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
(Amulet Books)

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (Dial Books for Young Readers)