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Cal State LA and The African American Children's Book Project present

I Read to See Me
A Celebration of Multicultural Children's Books

Saturday, September 24, 2022
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

King Hall Courtyard, Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Free parking for “I Read to See Me” is available in Parking Structure C (Top Level)


Welcome – 11-11:10 A.M. – In front of King Hall

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dean, College of Ethnic Studies


Literary creators will discuss their journeys of creating diverse books and the importance of all children having books that reflect their images.

Lecture Hall 1 - KING HALL

YOUNG ADULT - 11:15 A.M.-12 P.M.

Moderator: Tamara Shiloh - Bookseller - The Multicultural Bookstore

Nikki Barthelmess - Author - Everything Within and In Between

Ashley M. Coleman - Author - Good Morning, Love: A Novel

Naz Kutub - Author - The Loophole

PICTURE BOOK - 12:15-1 P.M.

Moderator - Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati - Founder - The African American Children's Book Project Angela Dalton - Author - Show the World!

Mónica Mancillas - Author - Mariana and Her Familia

Cindy Montenegro - Author - My Mind is a Mountain/Mi Mente es una Montaña

Benson Shum - Author & Illustrator - Anzu the Great Kaiju

MIDDLE GRADE - 1:15-2 P.M.

Moderator: Tamika Burgess - Author - Sincerely Sicily

Henry Lien - Author - Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions (Book 2)

Andrea J. Loney - Author - Curve & Flow:  The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams & Abby in Orbit: Blast Off!

Aida Salazar - Author - In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color

Tamara Shiloh - Author - Jaxon’s Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists

Lecture Hall 2 - KING HALL

WHY - 11:30 A.M.-12:20 P.M.

Moderator: Zeena Pliska - Author - Hello, Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story

Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar - Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies, Cal State LA

Patricia Morris Buckley - Author, Librarian at La Mesa Dale Elementary School, and Member of American Indian Library Association

Juily Phun, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Cal State LA

Anita Tijerina Revilla, Ph.D. - Professor and Chair, Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, Cal State LA

Miguel Zavala, Ph.D. - Professor of Urban Learning, Cal State LA

WHAT - 12:30-1:15 P.M.

Moderator: Lettycia Terrones - Learning and Instructional Services Librarian, Cal State LA Virginia Loh-Hagan - Author - A is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet

Angela Shanté Johnson - Publisher & Author - Sunday Dinner Publishing

Melanie Romero - Editor - Lil’ Libros - Author - Amor de Colores

HOW - 1:25-2 P.M.

Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati - Founder - The African American Children’s Book Project & Literary Friends

Reading Circle - University Library

Dominique DiPrima - Morning Drive Host and Senior Producer - KBLA TALK 1580

Donn Swaby - Author - You’re Everything, Everywhere, All The Time 

11:20-11:30 A.M. - Mónica Mancillas

11:30-11:40 A.M. - Benson Shum

11:40-11:50 A.M. - Virginia Loh-Hagan

11:50 A.M.-12 P.M. - Cindy Montenegro

12-12:10 P.M. - Andrea J. Loney

12:10-12:20 P.M. - Naz Kutub

12:20-12:30 P.M. - Zeena Pliska

12:30-12:40 P.M. - Henry Lien

12:40-12:50 P.M. - Ashley M. Coleman

12:50-1 P.M. - Nikki Barthelmess

1-1:10 P.M. - Tamara Shiloh

1:10-1:20 P.M. - Angela Dalton

1:20-1:30 P.M. - Melanie Romero

1:30-1:40 P.M. - Angela Shanté Johnson

1:40-1:50 P.M. - Patricia Morris Buckley